I would consider myself to be a Gomer of sorts. A Gomer is identified as a fan of Third Day. It was taken from the name of the unfaithful wife of the biblical prophet Hosea. Are you a Gomer too?
Formed in 1991, Third Day has become one of the most popular Christian rock bands in history. They recorded their first full-length album with Furies Studios in their home of Atlanta, Georgia for $3000. They had saved this money to do so, and in 1994 they saw it finalized and 2000 copies were released. Eventually their popularity reached Reunion Records and Third Day signed with them for a multi-album deal. After their signing, Reunion Records immediately released the official self-titled “Third Day” album which has now sold over 300,000 copies. The video for their first single “Consuming Fire” won a Billboard Award for Best Christian video. Third Day was also nominated for a Dove Award for New Artist of the year. One of my favorite Third Day song called “Thief” is on their first album. It is an incredible song which is sung from the point of view of the thief on the cross during the crucifixion of Jesus. Being formed out of the Atlanta area they name other Georgia bands such as The Black Crowes, and REM as influences. You can hear other Southern band influences like Allman Brothers Band, and Tom Petty. Third Day has since gone on to release eight studio records including two worship albums and a Christmas album. They have developed a popular following and much critical acclaim. Third Day has won three Grammy Awards and a Dove Award every year since 1998. Their current lineup is Mac Powell on vocals and guitar, Mark Lee on guitars and backing vocals, Tai Anderson on bass and vocals, and David Carr on drums.
The ninth studio album from Third Day is titled “Revelation“. It was released last Tuesday, July 29th, 2008. “Revelation” was recorded outside of their native Atlanta which is a first for them. In order to shake things up a bit as Mac Powell describes it, and “be the best Third Day we can be” they also used a new producer, Howard Benson, who is mostly know for working with secular artists. I think the new formula has worked. This is the strongest Third Day album in quite a long time. “Revelation” begins with Mac Powell singing out:
I’m the son of a good man
I’m the child of an angel
I’m the brother of a wild one
And I’m looking for direction
“This Is Who I Am” is a great start to the album. It has a great rock tempo which showcases their ability to create a song that can groove with the best of ’em. Track number two is called “Slow Down” and slows it down a little with lead in acoustic guitars. The song also features American Idol phenom Chris Daughtry on backing vocals. The following song is called “Call My Name” and is their first single for this album. The song is composed very well and reminds me so much of their earlier work. The band performed the song last week on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The fourth track is a song called “Run To You”. The song features Lacey Mosely, the talented lead singer of Flyleaf. In an interview about the recording of the song Mac Powell encourages Lacey to just go for it and worship the Lord through her voice. The resulting track is a beautiful peace of worship in song. For there is no one to run to for our salvation but the Lord Jesus Christ.
Like the previous music review of the new Kutless album, Revelation has many highlight’s as well. I would suffice it to say there are no weak links here. I will name a few for the sake of the review. “This Is Who I Am”, “Call On Me”, and “Run To You” are excellent no doubt, but along comes “Otherside” which features pedal steel guitar wizard Robert Randolph. Another beautifully composed song called “I Will Always Be True” speaks of true faithfulness features an excellent slide guitar throughout. The most precious song on the album is “Born Again”. The song is sung as a duet with Mac Powell and Lacey Mosely.
Today I found myself after searching all these years
And the man that I saw wasn’t at all who I thought he’d be
I was lost when you found me here
I was broken beyond repair
Then you came along and sang your song over me
Feels like I’m born again, feels like I’m living
For the very first time in my life.
Every believer of Jesus Christ can relate to this. We were lost and broken beyond repair. We could do nothing on our own, but God reached down from heaven through the Son and transformed us. He made us born again. These are just a few of the highlights on this 13 track album. I have been listening to the album since I downloaded it from Amazon, and I can’t get enough of it. I listened to it at the gym this afternoon and couldn’t help grooving to the beat of these songs. Third Day is coming to the Nebraska State Fair this month and will also be in Kansas City with Switchfoot and Robert Randolph and the Family. I hope to be in attendance to one of those performances to hear these rockin’ new songs. I gladly give this album five stars out five.
Please check out the video of Third Day performing “Call My Name” on The Tonight Show.