Music Review: Faithfulness by DJ Tony Foxx
Traditionally I've found Christian dance/house/techno music to either be pathetic or non-existent. DJ Tony Foxx brings a nice break to this tradition with his album Fathfulness, the second in his discography. The music itself is good dance stuff, typical of the type you find in clubs.
The album features 17 tracks in total, comprising of 3 interludes, 5 remixes, and 9 original tracks. The CD starts off with the Heart of South America interlude (I guess you would call it a prelude then), moving swiftly into the first remix, Here I Am by Michael W. Smith.
The interludes are (in order of appearance): Heart of South America, Heart of Asia, Heart of Africa. They are all instrumentals supposedly showcasing the music styles of these 3 continents, though I wasn't sure that the Heart of South America was really South American. Coming from Africa, I don't usually like the foreign renditions of African music, but this interlude is definitely one of my favourite tracks on the CD.
The remixes that DJ Tony Foxx does are (in order of appearance): Here I Am (Michael W. Smith), LifeSong (Casting Crowns), My Redeemer Lives (Hillsongs), Holy, Holy - Be Unto Your Name (Robin Mark), I Am A Friend Of God (Israel & New Breed). In general the remixes are very well done, and I was most impressed, since I have 3 CDs already with dance remixes of praise and worship songs. My only issue was My Redeemer Lives, which doesn't sound good as a dance song, since the melody of the song itself is unsuitable for this particular style. I would have left it out if I were DJ Tony Foxx.
The rest of the songs have driving rythms, thumping drums and stylish techno riffs, with the last few tracks being my favourite tracks of the whole CD. DJ Tony Foxx does a good job of writing modern dance music, and obviously has his ears on the current music scene. The only issues I had with his original songs were with Since You've Been Gone, which is a love song not a Christian song, and with Solid Rock, which has really silly lyrics. Play We Will Win and Heaven And Earth for your friends, and they'll ask you where you that cool music from!
Overall this CD is cool, some really classy club stuff. I give it a 4 out of 5 CDs, losing 1 CD for My Redeemer Lives, Since You've Been Gone and Solid Rock.