dctalk Supernatural

'Supernatural' one more step in evolution

By Frank "Buzz" Trexler
for The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times
March 5, 1999

You could say it was only "Supernatural," but then you’d be missing a great deal more.

When dc Talk’s first album – a self-titled, hip-hop-laced composition of "decent Christian talk" – debuted in 1989, there was little if anything like it on the scene. So it is not surprising that the 1995 release "Jesus Freak" would push the envelope a bit further toward rock ’n’ roll, and "Supernatural" would nearly rip the glue.

With the October 1998 release of "Supernatural," there was an otherworldly convergence: dc Talk’s latest opened on the Billboard 200 charts at No. 4, positioned between a new release from KISS, "Psycho Circus," and Marilyn Manson’s "Mechanical Animals."

Ten years before, who would have guessed that dc Talk would eventually produce a rapless record that would debut among the top five pop releases?

In a recent telephone interview from Phoenix, Ariz., where the band was preparing for a show at American West Arena, dc Talk’s Kevin Max said the evolution of rock ’n’ roll in the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) industry has been an interesting phenomenon over the past decade.

"Before we really did ‘Jesus Freak,’ there was kind of a lot of titling and a lot of sectoring going on within the rock ’n’ roll industry in Christian music," he said, noting there were only


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Buzz is a married father of two, managing editor for print/online at The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times and pastors Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa, TN. He is a 1981 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he is a member of the Mass Communications Department Hall of Fame.


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