- reviewed by Andy Argyrakis Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2001 1 Jan
Third Day's latest, Come Together, is clearly one of the most anticipated releases of this last quarter of the year. The buzz is justified considering Third Day's success story thus far. They started as a group unwilling to get a record deal and uninterested in the fame that comes along with super-stardom. Just over five years later, the group has experienced just the opposite with two million album sales. Thankfully they've maintained the humble attitude they originally had.
It all started when Third Day inked a deal with independent label Gray Dot for their self-titled debut, which was soon swooped up by Reunion Records for distribution on their label. After releasing the 1996 Billboard Video Award for Best Contemporary Christian New Artist Video ("Consuming Fire") and landing a 1997 Dove Award Nomination for New Artist of the Year, Third Day officially made their entrance onto the scene. Their popularity mounted throughout the remainder of the decade. After switching over to Essential Records, their subsequent southern-fried rock discs,
Because of all of this acclaim, there was little doubt that
Like Third Day albums in the past, the group knows when to mix things up, moving to a rich mostly acoustic ballad for the next portion of the lineup. "Show Me Your Glory" is a praise-styled gentle jam, showing Powell's gritty vocal patterns stripped down to a soothing tone, while the rest of the band shows their versatility. Guitarists Brad Avery and Mark Lee trade off between acoustic and electric riffs and have an incredible amount of continuity and transitional ease. "It's Alright" continues in that introspective style, calling to mind the group's past hits "Love Song" or "My Hope Is You." Like those two tracks, "It's Alright" is instantly memorable and extremely hopeful. The chorus chants, "It's alright/ It's okay/ I won't worry about tomorrow/ For it brings me one more day/ Closer than I was to you." Though the song relates to any daily struggle, it seems especially timely in light of current events.
Following that touching treasure, Third Day kicks into full rock-and-roll gear with "Still Listening," a song which immediately calls to mind the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women." Besides the southern rock elements, Third Day incorporates a bit of the blues, but also adds a gospel flavor thanks to a horn section, keyboard, and a sea of voices towards the end of the song chanting, "I'm still listening." Following that track, the rest of the album is worth listening to, although it pales in comparison to the first half, relying entirely on mid-tempoed songs that run together after awhile. Such similarity is evident during "I Got You" and "I Don't Know." Both are filled with a somber tone and bring down the mood of the album a bit. The final track "Nothing Compares" falls into that same category musically, but once again, there's no denying the lyrical significance. The simple praise song sounds like a leftover from the Offerings sessions, but like "It's Alright," it also brings timely words of encouragement to the table. Powell sings, "I find myself just living for today/ 'Cause I don't know what tomorrow's gonna bring/ No matter if I rise or fall/ I'll never be alone, oh no."