March 18, 2011Posted by on
Sooner or later you knew it was coming. What you may ask? A “Flashback Friday” featuring possibly the most popular christian pop or rock band of all-time. Still don’t know? Look three lines above the top of the paragraph. Get it? Got it? Good. Where do I begin. DC Talk was the band (read: group) that got me interested in christian rock music way back in ’94 when I heard Free At Last at the “home church” my family was attending. Their first two albums, 1989’s DC Talk, and 1990’s Nu Thang were good, if not spectacular rap/pop albums, but it wasn’t until 1992’s Free At Last that the guys hit their stride. Free At Last was a catchy, upbeat hip-hop album with smooth r&b harmonies, and tight danceable grooves. Toby McKeehan was at his rhyme spitting best. Vocally Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith never sounded so good. The album featured such hits as “Jesus Is Just Alright”, “Luv Is A Verb”, and “The Hardway”. With their follow-up, 1995’s Jesus Freak the guys switched gears. With the lead single “Jesus Freak”, fans were caught off guard. The song was a heavy, grungy pop/rock opus with hip-hop highlights. The rest of the album was just as great as title-track. Jesus Freak took the group to a new level, both artistically and in popularity. The group signed on to Virgin Records for mainstream distribution. With their next album 1998’s Supernatural the group abandoned all hip-hop influence in their music favoring a moody brand of pop/rock. Artistically, the guys had never been better. The move to Virgin worked out as well, with the lead single “Consume Me” getting heavy radio play. Sadly after Supernatural the guys would release a greatest hits album and take a “hiatus” that is still in effect some ten years later. All of the members have had varying success since DC Talk, but it is my opinion that they were so much better together.