This Is Not a Test (album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from ***This Is Not a Test***)
Jump to: navigation, search
This Is Not a Test
This Is Not A Test (Official Album Cover) by TobyMac.png
Studio album by TobyMac
Released August 7, 2015
Recorded 2012-2015
Genre Christian hip hop, Christian EDM,[1] CCM, Christian pop, Christian rock
Label
TobyMac chronology
Eye'm All Mixed Up
(2014)
This Is Not a Test
(2015)
Singles from This Is Not a Test
  1. "Beyond Me"
    Released: January 6, 2015
  2. "Feel It"
    Released: July 28, 2015
  3. "Move (Keep Walkin')"
    Released: February 1, 2016
  4. "Love Broke Thru[2]"
    Released: September 19, 2016
  5. "Lights Shine Bright (featuring Hollyn)"
    Released: September 8, 2017[not verified in body]

This Is Not a Test (stylized as ***THIS IS NOT A TEST***) is the seventh studio album by American recording artist TobyMac. The album was released on August 7, 2015, it debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.[3] In February 2016, it won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.[4] The standard edition was released with 11 tracks, including "Feel It", "Beyond Me", and "Move (Keep Walkin')", the deluxe edition was released with 15 tracks, including "Lift You Up" featuring Ryan Stevenson, "Fall", and "Beyond Me" and "Like A Match" remixes by Soul Glow Activatur and David Garcia respectively.

Singles[edit]

The lead single from the album, "Beyond Me" was released on January 6, 2015,[5] the song received positive critical reception.

"Feel It" was sent to Christian AC radio as the second single from the album on July 28, 2015.[6]

"Move (Keep Walkin')" was announced and released as the third single from the album on February 1, 2016.[7][8]

"Love Broke Thru", the fourth single from the album, was released on September 19, 2016.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
365 Days of Inspiring Media 4.5/5 stars[9]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[10]
CCM Magazine 5/5 stars[11]
The Christian Manifesto 4/5 stars[12]
CM Addict 5/5 stars[13]
4/5 stars[14]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 squares[15]
Digital Journal 4.5/5 stars[16]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[17]
4/5 stars[18]
4/5 stars[19]
4/5 stars[20]
New Release Today 4/5 stars[21]
4.5/5 stars[22]
PPCORN 4.7 stars on a 5 point scale[23]
Worship Leader 5/5 stars[24]

James Christopher Monger, indicating in a three and a half star review at AllMusic, recognizes, "Five decades into his career, Toby McKeehan still sounds energized and youthful, and his breezy delivery and knack for crafting intact."[10] Awarding the album five stars from CCM Magazine, Andy Argyrakis states, "TobyMac sounds just as hungry as his dcTalk days on This Is Not A Test."[11] Sarah Fine, giving the album four stars for New Release Today, writes, "This Is Not A Test firmly solidifies Toby's place in the industry and proves that he isn't going anywhere anytime soon."[21] Signaling in a four and a half star review for New Release Today, Amanda Brogan-DeWilde responds, "Toby serves us some songs worthy of repeat and proves once again that he's got what it takes to top the charts."[22] Jessica Morris, awarding the album a 4.7 out of five star review from PPCORN, recognizes, "Positive, bold, riveting and eclectic, Toby Mac is unlike any artist you have ever heard, and that is why his music is so powerful."[23]

Markos Papadatos, specifying in a four and a half star review from Digital Journal, replies, "TobyMac is back stronger than ever with This Is Not a Test...It is very different than his previous studio efforts, but it is still remarkable nonetheless."[16] Rating the album four stars at Jesus Freak Hideout, Christopher Smith describes, "Toby's ability to dabble in a variety of styles and utilize several guest features, without sounding like a dilettante, is impressive...With catchy beats and Christ-centered lyrics, This Is Not A Test is another solid entry for this talented solo artist."[17] Roger Gelwicks, indicating in a four star review by Jesus Freak Hideout, says, "This is Not a Test shows no signs of the producer slowing down, and it could very well be Toby's most complete album this side of Diverse City."[18] Giving the album four stars at Jesus Freak Hideout, Mark Rice states, "this is a very welcome album to come around".[19] Jay Akins, awarding the album five stars from Worship Leader, says, "Toby is a true master craftsman—This Is Not a Test is a gospel-truth-infused party from top to bottom."[24] Giving the album a ten out of ten for Cross Rhythms, Tony Cummings describes, "Another demonstration that Mr McKeehan continues to be able to blend timeless spiritual messaging to pop culture immediacy."[15]

Alex Caldwell, rating the album four stars from Jesus Freak Hideout, writes, "This Is Not A Test is a great, creative mix of uplifting sounds that proves that there is much more left in TobyMac's gas tank."[20] Specifying in a 4.4 out of five review at Christian Music Review, Brian Hunter realizes, "Toby delivers a diverse album".[1] Michael Tackett, awarding the album five stars from CM Addict, writes, "his most creative and personal record to date."[13] Giving the album four stars for CM Addict, Andrew Funderburk states, "***THIS IS NOT A TEST*** is yet another mark of his excellence in musical artistry."[14] Jonathan Andre, rating the album four and a half star at 365 Days of Inspiring Media, says, "it is Toby's eclectic and comprehensive range of musical genres and styles that further enhance my love for *THIS IS NOT A TEST*."[9] Awarding the album four stars for The Christian Manifesto, Calvin Moore says, "Toby Mac is a showman and he’s stepped up his game with this outing, this Is Not a Test is the title of the album, but if it were a test, Toby Mac passes with flying colors. This time."[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 4 on Billboard 200, and No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart, selling 35,000 copies in its first week.[25] This is TobyMac's fourth No. 1 album on the Christian chart, It has sold 142,000 copies as of November 2016.[26]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[27]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Like a Match" Bryan Fowler, Toby McKeehan, Christopher Stevens Christopher Stevens, Toby McKeehan 3:07
2. "Backseat Driver" (featuring Hollyn and TRU) Fowler, McKeehan, Holly Miller, Stevens, Rusty Varenkamp Stevens, McKeehan 3:21
3. "This Is Not a Test" (featuring Capital Kings) McKeehan, Cole Walowac, Jon White, Mike Woods Stevens, Capital Kings, McKeehan 2:39
4. "Lights Shine Bright" (featuring Hollyn) David Garcia, McKeehan, Truett McKeehan, Solomon Olds David Garcia, Olds, McKeehan 4:35
5. "Til the Day I Die" (featuring NF) Nate Feuerstein, Garcia, McKeehan Garcia, Stevens, McKeehan 3:47
6. "Feel It" (featuring Mr. Talkbox) Cary Barlowe, Garcia, McKeehan, Garcia, McKeehan 4:39
7. "Move (Keep Walkin')" Fowler, McKeehan, Stevens Stevens, McKeehan 3:41
8. "Love Broke Thru" Fowler, Bart Millard, McKeehan, Stevens Stevens, McKeehan 3:57
9. "Beyond Me" Garcia, McKeehan Garcia, McKeehan 3:13
10. "Love Feels Like" (featuring dc Talk) Garcia, Glover, McKeehan Garcia, McKeehan 4:19
11. "Undeniable" Charles Butler, Jason Ingram, McKeehan, Gabriel Patillo Stevens, McKeehan 3:41
Total length: 41:09

Personnel[edit]

Singers

  • Toby McKeehan – lead vocals, background vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 11 and 12
  • Holly Miller (Hollyn)- additional vocals on tracks 2 and 4, background vocals on tracks 1 and 2
  • Truett Mckeehan (TRU) – additional vocals on track 2
  • Jon White (of Capital Kings) – additional vocals on track 3, background vocals on tracks 3 and 12, programming on track 3
  • Cole Walowac (of Capital Kings) – additional vocals on track 3, background vocals on track 3, programming on tracks 3 and 5, keys on track 5
  • Nate Feuerstein (NF)- additional vocals on track 5
  • Byron Chambers (Mr. Talkbox)- additional vocals on track 6, background vocals on track 6
  • Michael Tait (of dc Talk and Newsboys) – additional vocals on track 10
  • Kevin Max Smith (of dc Talk, formerly of Audio Adrenaline) – additional vocals on track 10
  • Ryan Stevenson – additional vocals on deluxe edition track 12, background vocals on deluxe edition track 12
  • Tauren Wells (of Royal Tailor) – background vocals on track 6
  • Bart Millard (of MercyMe) – background vocals on track 8
  • Nirva Ready – background vocals on track 8
  • Jason Eskridge – background vocals on track 1, 7 and 8
  • Gabriel Patillo – background vocals on track 8
  • Marlee McKeehan – background vocals on track 12
  • Mia Fieldes – intro vocals on track 5
  • Jamie Grace – intro vocals on track 5
  • Joey Elwood – intro vocals on track 5

Additional musicians and production

  • Bryan Fowler – engineering (1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12), programming (1, 2, 8, 12), additional vocal engineering (11), guitar (1, 2, 11, 12), bass (2), drums (8, 11, 12), background vocals (1, 2, 7, 8, 11, 12), intro vocals (5)
  • Christopher Stevens – engineering (5, 12), mixing (1, 3, 11), programming (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11), bass (1), drums (1, 7, 8, 11), background vocals (1, 2, 7, 8), intro engineering on track 5
  • David Garcia – engineering (4, 5, 6, 9, 10), mixing (5) programming (4, 5, 9, 10), guitar (6, 9, 10), bass (6) keys (4, 9, 10), remixing on track 15
  • Seth Mosley – engineering, editing, guitar, keys, percussion: track 13
  • Chris Wilkerson – engineering (6)
  • Joe Baldridge – engineering (10)
  • Solomon Olds (Soul Glow Activatur, formerly of Family Force 5) – programming (4), keys (4), remixing on track 14
  • Chuck Butler – programming, additional vocal engineering, electric and acoustic guitar: track 11
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (2, 4, 6, 9)
  • Mark Endert – mixing (7, 8, 13)
  • Jerricho Scroggins – assistant engineering (1, 7, 11), production coordination (13)
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing (10)
  • John Hanes – engineering for mixing (2, 4, 6, 9)
  • Chris Galland – assistant engineering (10)
  • Ike Schultz – assistant engineering (10)
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Nathan Dantzler – remix mastering
  • Brad O'Donnell – A&R
  • Mike Payne – guitar (9, 10)
  • Cary Barlowe – guitar (6)
  • Andrew DeRoberts – guitar (13)
  • Tony Lucido – bass (8, 10, 13)
  • Todd "toddiefunk" Lawton – bass (6)
  • Tim Rosenau – electric guitar (3)
  • Nir Zidkyahu – drums (6, 10)
  • Nick Buda – drums (13)
  • Tim Lauer – keys, percussion: track 13
  • Keith Everette Smith – trumpet (1, 6, 13), horn arrangement (6)
  • Mike Haynes – trumpet (1)
  • Steve Patrick – trumpet (6, 13)
  • Chris West – tenor and bass saxophone (1, 13)
  • Craig Swift – saxophone (6)
  • Justin Carpenter – trombone (1, 6, 13)
  • Roy Agee – trombone (6)
Toby McKeehan and the "unofficial" New Hope Choir
  • Fai Wong-Ken, Kendall Cobb, Lauren Cundall, Judith Duncan, Solomon Duncan, Judah McKeehan, Marlee McKeehan, Llan Paez, Victoria Paez, Sean Reddick, Zachary Stevens, Tommy Pitts, Quintavios Johnson
  • BOERHAUS – creative direction/design
  • Lee Steffen – photography
  • Kerri McKeehan – grooming
  • D&L Wong-Ken – styling

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[29] 12
US Billboard 200[30] 4
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[31] 1
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[32] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hunter, Brian (August 7, 2015). "tobyMac '***This Is Not A Test***'". Christian Music Review. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Christian Songs: Top Christian Airplay Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ Caulfield, Keith (August 16, 2015). "Luke Bryan Bows at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart, Dr. Dre Debuts at No. 2". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ Papadatos, Markos (15 February 2016). "TobyMac wins Grammy for 'Best Contemporary Christian Album'". Digital Journal. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "iTunes (U.S.) - Music - TobyMac - Beyond Me - Single". iTunes (U.S.). January 6, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Christian AC". Radio & Records. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Anybody hear my new single "Move (Keep Walkin').." Facebook. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Mediabase 24/7 Charts - Top Music Radio Song Chart Ratings - AllAccess.com". AllAccess. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Andre, Jonathan (August 16, 2015). "TobyMac – This is Not A Test". 365 Days of Inspiring Media. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher. "This Is Not a Test - tobyMac". AllMusic. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Argyrakis, Andy (August 1, 2015). "TobyMac: This Is Not A Test". CCM Magazine. p. 28. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Moore, Calvin (August 19, 2015). "Toby Mac : This Is Not a Test". The Christian Manifesto. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Tackett, Michael (August 6, 2015). "TobyMac "This is Not A Test (Deluxe Version)" (Review)". CM Addict. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Funderburk, Andrew (August 6, 2015). "TobyMac "This is Not A Test (Deluxe Version) Second Opinion" (Review)". CM Addict. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (October 12, 2015). "Review: This Is Not a Test (Deluxe Edition) - TobyMac". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Papadatos, Markos (August 3, 2015). "Review: TobyMac superb on new studio album 'This is Not a Test'". Digital Journal. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b Smith, Christopher (August 1, 2015). "TobyMac, "This Is Not A Test" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Gelwicks, Roger (August 2, 2015). "TobyMac, "This Is Not A Test" Review - Second Staff Opinion". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  19. ^ a b Rice, Mark (August 8, 2015). "TobyMac, "This Is Not A Test" Review - JFH Staff's Additional 2 Cents". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b Caldwell, Alex (August 11, 2015). "TobyMac, "This Is Not A Test" Review - JFH Staff's Additional 2 Cents". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b Fine, Sarah (July 22, 2015). "Return of the Edge". New Release Today. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b Brogan-DeWilde, Amanda (August 3, 2015). "Eclectic Innovation". New Release Today. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  23. ^ a b Morris, Jessica (August 7, 2015). "Toby Mac: 'Like A Match' Track-by-Track Album Review". PPCORN. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b Akins, Jay. "TOBYMAC: This Is Not a Test". Worship Leader. p. 94. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  25. ^ Asker, Jim (August 19, 2015). "TobyMac Debuts at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums: 'I'm So Grateful to See My Music Resonating'". Billboard. 
  26. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on November 4, 2016. 
  27. ^ "iTunes (U.S.) - Music - TobyMac - This Is Not A Test". iTunes (U.S.). August 7, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  28. ^ "iTunes (U.S.) - Music - TobyMac - This Is Not A Test (Deluxe Edition)". iTunes (U.S.). August 7, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  29. ^ "tobyMac Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  30. ^ "tobyMac Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  31. ^ "tobyMac Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  32. ^ "tobyMac Chart History (Digital Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2015.