Review: Revelation By Third Day
By Patti Gibbons Posted on January 11 2010
By Patti Gibbons When a veteran -- can we say legendary? -- Christian band is set to release its 10th studio album, it just might be safe to say that there will be a consistent classic sound. If you were to play it safe that way in the case of Revelation, Third Day's latest, you just might be blown away by the new height of bigger, bolder, harder-rocking classic they achieve.
Long-time Third Day listeners will find much on this record with which to resonate. But for those who think they've pegged the music Mac Powell, Mark Lee, Tai Anderson and David Carr make, give them 42 minutes to tell you what's new. Revelation is just that, new insight into the soul of someone you thought you knew all about.
Musically the band delivers something remarkable, going outside themselves with every track, which lead singer and principal songwriter Powell has credited in recent interviews to the creative push of producer Howard Benson (Daughtry, Flyleaf, P.O.D. and Hoobastank). The result is a robust, creative collection of songs that while clearly rooted in the Southern-rock style that Third Day brings so well, are also edgier and harder-rocking in some places, more vulnerable and polished in others.
The first five songs on the album rock the hardest, and not coincidentally, two of them feature some outside-the-CCM-box vocal collaborations - with Chris Daughtry's strong vocal on "Slow Down" and Lacey Mosely of hardcore outfit Flyleaf with incredible vocal performance on "Run To You". Mosely also contributes her talent to "Born Again", a duet with Powell with a disctinctly roots-acoustic feel that also showcases each of their vocal depth.
Later songs on the album will make long-time 3D fans feel at home, but definitely not bored, including the already chart-topping single "Call My Name" (#1 for the six weeks following it's debut and counting), and love-song "Let Me Love You". Those who have seen Third Day's live show from the Spring 2008 tour will already be prepared to sing along with the title track, "Revelation", as well as "Otherside" (featuring the steel pedal guitar of Robert Randolph on the recording).
Lyrically, each of the songs deal honestly with questions of faith, the struggles and joys of faithfulness, and the hope that comes from not going it alone in this life. The last song on the album, "Take It All" is an emotionally raw anthem of surrender destined to be sung loud by concert crowds and congregations alike. Penned by guitarist Mark Lee, the song is the fitting place for these men of deep faith to step off into the next chorus of their success:
Take it all, 'cause I can't take it any longer
All I have, I can't make it on my own
Take the first, take the last
Take the good and take the rest,
Here I am, all I have
Take it all