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Album Review

The pre-release hoopla surrounding Revelation, Third Day's eighth studio album, was eerily reminiscent of the hype behind 2004's Wire, the band's would-be crossover breakthrough. A breathless Billboard cover story even reported Revelation had all the makings of a disc poised for the big leagues, seemingly unaware that a similar machine pushed Wire to be a general market success four years earlier, to little avail. That album did go gold and cemented the foursome further in Christian circles, but a crossover it wasn't — indeed, it was the same old Third Day, except rockier and with lyrics that were not as overtly spiritual. The particulars of Revelation are awfully similar. Produced by modern rock guru Howard Benson, recorded in Los Angeles, and boasting guests that would make the mainstream press stand at attention — among them, Flyleaf's Lacey Mosley, American Idol's Chris Daughtry, and pedal steel maestro Robert Randolph — Revelation finds Third Day trying new things, but not to the extent that they sound like a different band. If anything, it seems like the change of setting and the added star power intimidated them for the better, inciting them to not settle for the middle of the road or the pat-answer anthems that dogged them post-Offerings — the turning point where the band went from a Southern rock powerhouse to an adult contemporary one. It's like the Atlanta natives are back to their good old selves, rocking out not because they're trying to appease corporate rock types, but because they've once again reconnected with the conviction and assurance that was prevalent in their first few albums — even their faith is worn more proudly on their sleeves as a result. It's a muscular, anthemic sound — unquestionably populist, yet the closest Third Day has come to replicating the Southern-fried goodness of Time, their master opus and one of the best Christian rock full-lengths of the '90s. Believe the hype: Revelation is the best album Third Day has released this decade, as well as a long overdue return to the unbridled fervor that characterized them in their early years.

Customer Reviews

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As a long-time Third Day fan, this is easily their best work. Those who complain that the words Jesus, God or Christ are not in any of the songs have missed the point ENTIRELY. I didn't know bands now have to spoon-feed their message to their listeners. God is present in each of these songs through and through. Take the lyrics of "Born Again," for example: "I was lost when You found me there/I was broken beyond repair/Then You came along/And You sang a song over me." Who else is Mac singing about?? If you can't find Him in this album, you're doing it wrong.

To clear up a few things: The female singer in "Born Again" is Lacey Moseley, not Lacey Whatever-that-one-review-said-her-last-name-was, but she is the frontwoman for Flyleaf. The background vocals on "Slow Down" is Chris Daughtry. The cover art was inspired by Salvation Mountain, a large art installation by Leonard Knight located in Niland, CA. It was NOT ripped off from another band, as someone else wrongly assumed. I suggest some of you do your research before badmouthing an album you probably didn't even listen to.

"Revelation" is a great album with not a bad song on it. Many of these songs can be enjoyed on a secular level as well as religious. It's a must-have for any fan of the Christian Rock genre.

awsome album

this album is not a waste of money its turly one of the best albums ever with the best song revelation!!!!

I beleive god...

I believe god has shown his love on this band. They sing awesome songs and are totally awesome in concert.


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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