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||O Come All Ye Faithful||Third Day||3:51||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Do You Hear What I Hear?||Third Day||3:37||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Born In Bethlehem||Third Day||3:43||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||O Holy Night||Third Day||4:06||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Angels We Have Heard On High||Third Day||3:50||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Silent Night||Third Day||4:10||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Jesus, Light of the World||Third Day||3:56||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Joy to the World||Third Day||3:36||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||What Child Is This?||Third Day||3:30||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The First Noel||Third Day||2:59||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Christmas Like a Child||Third Day||4:02||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Away In a Manger||Third Day||3:57||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Merry Christmas||Third Day||6:30||$1.29||View in iTunes|
“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.
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."
"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.
Formed: 1991 in Marietta, GA
Genre: Christian & Gospel
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s