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Editors’ Notes

“Joyful and triumphant!” Those words from “O Come All Ye Faithful” nicely describe Mac Powell’s uplifting vocal performances on Third Day’s Christmas Offerings. His burly, vibrato-tinged singing is at the center of this mix of traditional carols and original tunes. The band’s neo-Southern rock sound is an appropriate fit for the classic material, bringing out the Old World melodic grace of “What Child Is This?” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and “The First Noel.” Powell taps into his best backwoods preacher voice for a passionate “Silent Night.” The newly composed material is strong, with “Jesus, Light of the World” (a rough-hewn invocation of the Nativity) and “Born In Bethlehem” (an inviting, acoustic-driven number) particular standouts. Third Day strikes a modern note in “Christmas Like a Child” (a plea for renewed innocence in a fallen world) and “Merry Christmas” (a sensitive portrait of a Chinese orphan girl). Rock bands — even Christian ones — are often on shaky ground when they attempt a Christmas album, but Third Day’s Christmas Offerings is both deeply reverent and artistically impressive.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic album

Here's what I love about this album; it rocks without changing the original songs too much. I have this on CD and when I popped it in the player for the first time, I was blown away by the first three tracks. Eight of the songs on this album are traditional tunes you hear every Christmastime and five new tunes, each a personal carol written by a Third Day band member. Out of the five, my favorite is "Merry Christmas," written by guitarist Brad Avery in dedication to a little girl he and his wife were in the process of adopting. Best tracks overall are "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "Do You Hear What I Hear?," "Born in Bethlehem," "What Child is This?," "The First Noel," "Away in a Manger," (which was brilliantly rewritten as a blues song,) and "Merry Christmas." I can't think of any albums that get me more into the spirit of Christmas than "Christmas Offerings."

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"Christmas Like a Child" and "Merry Christmas" are very moving songs and they touched my heart. This album is worth buying if you like Christmas music.

Exellent blend of "Contemporary" mixed with old, classic Christmas songs.

Third Day has done an superb job getting their own, more modern feel into these songs without completely murdering the way the songs have traditionaly been sung and performed.

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Marietta, GA

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Influenced by the Southern rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and other artists such as U2 and Rich Mullins, Third Day were originally formed by vocalist Mac Powell and acoustic guitarist Mark Lee. The duo added bassist Tai Anderson and drummer David Carr from another local band, and recorded some demos. Third Day's live shows gradually built them a loyal fan base, and just after lead guitarist Brad Avery joined, the band signed to Gray Dot Records. Their eponymous debut followed in 1996, with Conspiracy No....
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