Stereotype Be

Stereotype Be

by Kevin Max
     
 
This second in a series of three solo releases from the members of dc Talk is a mesmerizing blend of Middle Eastern, Europop, and electronica influences. Unlike bandmate Michael Tait, whose Empty explored in depth dc Talk's more R&B/soul inclinations, Max stretches even further afield, using instruments -- and

Overview

This second in a series of three solo releases from the members of dc Talk is a mesmerizing blend of Middle Eastern, Europop, and electronica influences. Unlike bandmate Michael Tait, whose Empty explored in depth dc Talk's more R&B/soul inclinations, Max stretches even further afield, using instruments -- and collaborators -- we're unlikely to hear gracing a dc Talk record. Max's vocal stylings will be well known to fans of the band, however, giving the album a familiar touch. Max co-produced, which meant he got to hire some heroes to help him out -- including former King Crimson members Adrian Belew and Tony Levin. Max, who's written several books of poetry, prefers a more ambiguous lyric style; when he sings "We are living together in the here ever after, in the temple of the evening star with the princes of the universe," it takes several listens to realize he's talking about the afterlife. That's okay -- Max doesn't want to be stereotyped, either as a Christian or a musician (hence the album's play-on-words title). By pushing lyric and musical boundaries, he's giving his audience a chance to rethink his artistry and his persona.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ashleigh Kittle
In the spring of 2001, Toby McKeehan, Kevin Max and Michael Tait of DC Talk released Solo. The EP aimed to introduce listeners to the trio as individuals, showcasing two songs from each of their upcoming solo releases. In July 2001, Michael Tait's project Empty was issued, followed by Kevin Max's Stereotype B in late August. Stereotype B, a much-anticipated album, combines pop, rock, and world music to create a versatile and intriguing project. Warranting multiple listening sessions, the release is intricately layered with detail and depth both musically and lyrically. Many may label Kmax as extravagant and eccentric, judging his perception and worldview as far too poetic and skewed. However, with this release he not only proclaims contentment in being the individual God created him to be, but proves to relate to the vulnerability and insecurities experienced by many. Songs include the techno rock, world music-influenced "Return of the Singer" and the pop alternative "I Don't Belong."

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
Label:
Forefront
UPC:
0724382529026
catalogNumber:
25290

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Performance Credits

Kevin Max   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Larry Norman   Background Vocals
Adrian Belew   Guitar,Drums,Koto,Hand Clapping
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
George Cocchini   Electric Guitar
Graham Elvis   Hand Clapping
Alisa Gyse   Background Vocals
Tony Levin   Electric Bass,Stick,Hand Clapping
J.R. McNeely   Acoustic Guitar
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,French Horn
John Painter   Guitar,Saz,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Theremin
Erick Cole   Acoustic Guitar,Hand Clapping
Coffee   Rap

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   Producer,String Arrangements
Ken Latchney   Engineer
Tony Levin   Contributor
J.R. McNeely   Engineer
John Painter   String Arrangements
Scott McDaniel   Art Direction
Kevin Max   Producer,Art Direction

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