Overview TRACK LISTING 01. So Help Me God 02. Colored People 03. Jesus Freak 04. What If I Stumble 05. Day By Day 06. Mrs. Morgan 07. Between You And Me 08. Like It, Love It, Need It 09. Jesus Freak Reprise 10. In The Light 11. What Have We Become 12. Mind's Eye 13. Alas My Love
Record Label ForeFront Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.93" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1998
Publisher CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
ISBN 000510985X EAN 9780005109854 UPC 724382514022
When I was in high school, my dad got me "Free at Last", and I'll be blunt: I hated it! Back then I was looking for something that would not only be good, but sound good, and I was a new Christian. A few years later after I'd graduated, my best friend told me he had the latest dc Talk, "Jesus Freak". And believe you, me, I was big time like... WHO CARES! He asked me to just give it a chance, and after listening to the title track, I WANTED IT! Today? I still love it!
Yeah, the song Jesus Freak was what caught my attention. But there was more than just the mere 1 song. They asked the haunting question in track 4 with What if I Stumble? and really gets you thinking. Then they keep the ears peeled with stuff such as Day by Day, or Mind's Eye. They really get the attention, as well as the thought process going with Colored People, yet humor you in the middle with Mrs. Morgan. For a band I hated in high school, it got rocking rather quickly, and pumped up the volume in quite a few places! dc Talk is still one of the most influential bands in the Christian industry today.
So, am I missing anything? Oh yeah, if you see a Track 13 listed, it's there. Just don't hit the stop button immediately, because just when you think it is over, you have a surprise in the end.
They ultimately ask the question we all should ask ourselves if we follow Christ. That question comes in the title track, Jesus Freak, and asks a very simple, yet pointed question. It simply says near the end, "What will people think? What will people do?" Hey, if you're afraid of being persecuted a little, then leave these men alone! What will people think? I could give a rip! Jesus Christ died for me, and He lives in me. Regardless of my stumbles, He is always there to pick me up. And He LIVES!!! Rock on, dc Talk!
Just a few little missteps... Jun 22, 2006
I own all of the DC talk CDs and this one is probaly my favorite.The only missteps are:Mrs.Morgan,and the Jesus freak reprise.My favorites are :so help me God,colored people,Jesus freak,what if i stumble,between you and me,like it,love it and need it,in the light,and mind's eye.I really recommend this!
best of... Apr 5, 2006
One of the best of all time. Every song is different and amazing. The recording quality is a tad rough, but that was the times. This is tied with Delirious's "World Service" for greatest Christian CD ever.
It's a messy mix of grunge, pop, and a dash of rap that ultimately works Apr 1, 2006
CCM Magazine rated this as one of the Top 100 Christian Albums Ever in a book they released. (#14 if you're scoring at home). It's nicknamed the "grunge" album and while there are clearly hints of the influence of Nirvana et al. here and there, it's more as accent: DC is still a pop group first and foremost. This also marks the first time that rapper Toby McKeehan tried his hand at vocals. There are some wretched missteps here that keep this from being a spotless release, but it probably is their finest effort overall at trying to reach out to a mainstream audience while hanging onto their Christian base. They were able to get a minor Top 40 hit with "Between You and me". (Though it's not one of the better songs here in all honesty...)
HIGHLIGHTS: Crusty guitar blasts lead off "So Help Me God" announcing instantly that DCT's members had been listening to stuff other than hip-hop. The title track overcomes its often goofy lyrics ("I saw a man with tattoo on his big fat belly/It wiggled around like marmalade jelly..") thanks to a snappy guitar riff that propels it (though the guy who compared it to the second coming of Hendrix is seriously smoking something), use of "quiet/loud" grunge dynamics, and its singalong "What will people think/when they hear that I'm a Jesus freak?" hook. "What If I Stumble?" ponders the impact the group has on its audience of mostly teens and its emerging status as one face of Christian rock to those outside the Church. ("What if I stumble?/What if I fall?/What if I lose my step and I make fools of us all?") "What Have We Become?" questions individual believers presentations of Jesus to the world at large. ("A preacher shuns his brother/Cause his bride's a different color/And this is not acceptable/His papa taught him so..")
LOWS: "Day by Day" is an attempt to update the Godspell tune for the modern age, but hearing someone sing "Thee" against rock guitar just sounds quaint at best. It's definitely not the bold move into relevancy I'm sure they wanted. Skits "Mrs. Morgan" [the elderly next door neighbor complaining about the noise from the drummer's practicing] and "Jesus Freak (Reprise)" [a mock operatic version of the title tune] fare about as well as most skits do. You might get a brief chuckle at first or second hearing but they quickly become automatic skip button activators.
BOTTOM LINE: While I'm not so sure I'd rank it among the Top 100 contemporary Christian releases ever made, it probably is the 2nd finest effort by the band.
3 1/2 stars
Absolutely Sublime Mar 25, 2006
Many years ago as a teenager I owned this CD and some time ago I lost it. I remember it being a pretty good by memory but didn't exactly have a good idea of all the music on it. However, after recently repurchasing it I realized just how amazing this CD is from top to bottom. Lyrics that many of us can relate to as humans it speaks to the heart. It has given me a new inspiration for life. The vocals are some of the best I have ever heard. With one song not even on the same wavelength as another each has its own characteristic powerful tone and variance. This CD will be a timeless classic I suspect and in its own right already is being over a decade old and still very popular. I would challenge a person who doesn't listen to Christian music to give this CD a chance and don't look at it as something that is trying to change you but just astonishingly true words and see if they have the same affect on you as they did on me.