Third Day - Time

Wednesday 1st December 1999
Third Day - Time
Third Day - Time

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Essential 083061052829
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Third Day's debut album was bluesy and acoustic. For their second album they created the magnificent brooding swampy rock of 'Conspiracy No 5'. To this day I can't understand why those dunderheads at the American Grammy awards gave rock Gospel album of the year to dc Talk's live album (are those ears painted on?) as Third Day had created a masterpiece. Never mind! For their third album the band split the difference and ease back into a more acoustic flavour with some of the swamp slipping through. I love the groovy slow burn rock of "Believe", and the worship oriented "Your Love, Oh Lord" which is built around a simple drum loop but floats heavenward (Hey guys, why don't you make a bonus EP of this sort of worship stuff!! I'd buy it!). In singer Mac Powell they have a voice that makes the whole band stand out from the crowd. Where he lets rip on songs like the frenetic "Took My Place" and "Sky Falls Down" or gets good and funky on "What Good", I swear this album gives me goose bumps! I have to say I prefer the band when they're rockin', but even the mellower cuts like the atmospheric exploration of brokenness "Can't Take The Pain" and the opener "I've Always Loved You" have also won me over. Don't know if it's the touches of Hammond that pepper the album, the strength of the songs or just that inimitable incalculable vibe that they've captured here, but Third Day are growing into a real force in Christian rock! The early versions of the American release also included a four-track EP of material in a similar vein, recorded live in the studio which for me simply acts as a welcome encore to the delight of the main album, and prolongs the pleasure of hearing a fine band. Got to confess it took me quite a few plays to get into this album - definitely a grower - but now it's firmly locked into my stereo and cranked up loud, my neighbours are learning all the words!!

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5. Your Love Oh Lord [Listen]

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Product Description
Featuring their Southern rock sound along with moving ballads and praiseful lyrics, this album is Third Day in top form. With 9 #1 singles, numerous Dove Awards and a Grammy Award, they just keep getting better and better!

Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 16:18 on Jul 23 2014

A very captivating third release for the band nearly
15 years ago, August 24 if you want exactness.
I was captured by the video "Your Love Oh Lord" on
ccm tv before I purchased the cd. I love this song
completely, it's their song to sing, the lead vocals of
Mac Powell generate the song to bring full effectiveness to every listener. wtg guys!
I love the intro song "I've Always Loved You" it eases one into the list of upbeat songs that follow.
Great steel guitar provided by the talented Buck Reid.
The female bgvs on "Took My Place" add to the
creativeness of the song; one for the ccm rockers.
The lyrics of "Never Bow Down" are for the present.
We are living in a time when many are compromising
beliefs, but the child of God will faithfully stand tall.
Scotty Wilbanks formerly of Top sensational ccm
group Newsong, gives his keyboard talents up
for "Your Love Oh Lord" & several other song tracks.
Scotty's great keyboard talents are heard well on
"What Good" and "Can't Take the Pain" the latter is
another favorite I love. Mac's vocals are awesome.
"Sky Falls Down" has hit written all over it. The
strings bring the song alive, at full potential.
wtg guys! The thought provoking lyrics of "Give"
close the 10 songset. The group did a guest
appearance in the 2002 move "Joshua". I strongly
suggest you see the movie if you haven't.
God Bless, Don

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