STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 47168-14400 LABEL: Essential 083061085322 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2008-07-29 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Graeme Crawford
The staccato riff that opens Third Day's 11th studio album will feel very familiar to fans, as will the rhythm of Mac Powell's husky vocal lines. The Atlanta veterans return after the departure of guitarist Brad Avery with a collection of distinctly recognisable tunes infused with a crisp edginess, especially on the rockier numbers. "Slow Down", "Run To You" and lead single "Call My Name" all have the feel of future staples in their live set. Powell sounds even more passionate than usual in his delivery and has effective collaborations with American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry and Flyleaf's Lacey Mosely. Sonically the musicianship is typically impressive, with Tai Anderson's bass lines having a more prominent level in the mix being of particular benefit to the texture of the sound, with only the pop feel of "Born Again" disappointing. The lyrics are designed to challenge your faith and give reassurance about God's love for us. Thought-provoking and inspiring in equal measure, the newly slimmed down band deliver a quality record that all Third Day fans will enjoy, and should be investigated by anyone with even a passing interest in rock music. Drummer David Carr suggests that "This is a new statement of who Third Day is." Discover just how powerful this new statement is for yourself.
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When Third Day’s newest project kicks off with vocalist Mac Powell declaring “I’m the son of a good man/I’m the child of an angel,” you don’t get the sense the statement is necessarily autobiographical. It’s personal yet universal; a reflection of man’s never-ending search for his identity.
That thread of searching for definition plays throughout 'Revelation', the veteran Atlantabased band’s 11th studio album. Mac Powell and his longtime bandmates - guitarist Mark Lee, bassist Tai Anderson and drummer David Carr - have created for their latest album a muscular sound, strung taut with hooks and hat-tips to its Southern-rock infl uences, but also a real, palpable vulnerability in both song matter and performance.
“As we mature in our faith, we come to a point where we realise that everything is not black and white. The older you get, the more questions you have,” Powell says. “The point is that it’s okay that we don’t have all the answers - but we know the One who does.”
This album has a bigger, more polished and yet edgier musical stance,with lyrics designed to relate to a broad swath of the human and Christian experience. “So many Christians have a story of being lost, experiencing Christ and then their lives are all better. But for the ones who were brought up in Christian homes or who have been Christians for most of their lives, are they supposed to have it all together?” Anderson asks. “These songs are for people who are walking through something, right now. They add a tension that can only be found in our daily experience”