- Sunday, January 01, 2006
- Roots in Stereo
- Lights Out
- If You Could See Me Now
- Goodbye for Now
- Sounds Like War
- On the Grind
- This Time
- Mistakes & Glories
- Let You Down
- Strength of My Life
- Say Hello
- Mark My Words
Years before Switchfoot, Relient K, and other faith-based bands started making a lot of mainstream noise, there was P.O.D. Since 1999's The Fundamentals Elements of Southtown and their 2001 breakthrough Satellite, the San Diego rockers have attained a level of success and artistry that outshines many of their rapcore contemporaries. At the pinnacle of their career, the hard rock heavyweights went through a transitional period, replacing a guitarist who'd left the band, adjusting to a new sound, and preparing for the next chapter after their multi-platinum success.
Then came 2003's comparatively disappointing Payable on Death. With expectations so high for a band trying to integrate a new guitarist while fulfilling their recording deadline, P.O.D. unveiled a softer and less exciting side that didn't quite satisfy their widespread fan base. Though certainly not a flop, selling little over half a million copies, the album left everyone wondering whether the band could rebound for the eventual follow-up.
P.O.D. seeks to kiss and make up with Testify, the band's fourth album for Atlantic Records. Interestingly, the disc nearly became another fiasco, as the group just didn't seem to get it together while recording in a lavish studio in Palm Springs. Once the inspiration fizzed, the foursome called on mega-producer Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Van Halen), whose keen ear for artistic direction gave them the push to rediscover themselves and to really rock again. (Lead singer Sonny Sandoval talks about that process here.)
And rock they do.
Of the reggae-bathed tracks, the slow-burning "Roots in Stereo" and the Police-like "Strength of My Life" distinguish themselves the most, although they're not nearly as celebratory and insular as "Why Wait?" off the band's
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