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Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 07 October 2004
ImageNot all of my CD reviews are for new CDs or CDs that I've recently aquired.  Some of the reviews, opinions really, are my comments on some albums that I've had for a while but still like quite a bit.  This is one of those reviews. I've had this CD for a few years.  It was release in the summer of 2001 and I think I got it shortly after that.  But during the last few years it has stayed near the top of my playlist. The style is mostly pop/rock which usually doesn't stick with me that long but there are several songs on this release that managed to hold my interest.
First of all, for those who don't quite recognize the name, Tait is the last name of Michael Tait who was one of the three who made up DC Talk.  DC Talk tended to refer to themselves as a mixture of rap, rock, and soul.  Tait was the soul part of the trio.  But this album doesn't really do anything that sounds at all like soul music.  It's definitely strong pop/rock.
This album brings up several social issues that don't seem to get a lot of attention in standard Christian music.  The opening song deals with a split family with a no-show dad.  Another song deals with racial predjudice and inequalities.  Many of the songs deal with interpersonal relationships and some of the struggles that normal people have. The fact that these are brought up tends to make the album better. 
Musically this album doesn't really have a lot of new ideas to bring out.  But everything is done quite well.  Some people will likely claim that this is just another example of an over-produced polished sound.  Sometimes, though, it is nice to listen to this.  I don't mean to leave the impression that there is no musical appeal to the CD.  Quite the contrary.  Instead, the music is very accessible and familiar.  Kinda like eating comfort food.  You don't expect some fancy gourmet meal, just good, tasty solid food.  The stuff you grew up on.
Being a bass player I find myself drawn to the bass in music.  I'm always curious to hear what the player is doing.  The bass work on this CD is top quality and solid.  Always adding just the right touch and groove to the songs.  Very nice.
The musical highlight of the album, though, is the guitar solo on American Tragedy. The guitar player plays it perfectly and tastefully.  Despite being a bass player it almost makes me want to play guitar. (Shhh.  Don't tell anyone I said that)
I hope that future releases by Tait are done as well as this was.
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