Third Day "Move" Review
Posted October 23, 2010
With the release of Revelation in 2008, Third Day marked out the sound direction that the veteran rock quartet would take. It seems Revelation was just an introduction of what to expect from Move, as the band returns to their traditional southern rock sound. With a flavour and atmosphere similar to that of Needtobreathe , this album will please the ear of all southern rock and country fans.
The album kicks off with the lead single "Lift Up Your Face" an edgy rock song that is probably the most aggressive off the album. It was co-written by the Rinehart brothers Bear and Bo, from Needtobreathe. This is also my favourite song off the album because of its excellent guitar solo and the perfect vocal performance from Mac Powell, as he cries out "Salvation is calling your name!". The song is definetley set in dark circumstances but is more focused on finding God's light in dark times.
Another highlight is "Surrender", which sounds similar to Needtobreathe's song "Lay 'Em Down", with the twangy country guitar intro. It's also got an amazing guitar solo with banjos and clapping during the chorus. This is probably the funnest song off the album.
Third Day also include some worshipful tracks such as "Children Of God". This song choruses that because of Jesus' death and resurrection on the cross, we are now redeemed and can be called children of God. The only criticism of this song is its placement in terms of track listing. It was an annoying contrast to have this song placed at Track 3 between the two heavier songs "Make Your Move" and "Surrender". It was hard for me to adjust and it was even harder when the children's choir was singing solo at the conclusion of the song.
Third Day has put in a big effort with this album because even the softer songs don't sound bland or cliche. "Trust In Jesus" is an encouragement to all Christians with lyrics like "Trust in Jesus, My Great Deliverer, My strong Defender". "Gone" is a catchy acoustic song featuring the unique voice of Bear Rinehart and for me is a standout. "Sound of Your Voice" features a female vocalist in Kerrie Roberts and sounds similar to "Born Again" off Revelation but just doesn't have that same spark. "What Have You Got To Lose" is the soft rock ballad off the album and another highlight. It's a song that encourages everyone to lay their sins and burdens down at the foot of the cross as Mac Powell sings "Let go of all you have, only then can life be found."
The band says that they didn't just want to create "Revelation Part 2" with this album, but on first listen it sounds as if they have. But after a few listens those thoughts will be wiped from your mind when you realise the beauty of this album, both lyrically and musically. I usually steer clear of southern rock/ country but this album has changed my mind. This is a must have for southern rock fans and long time fans of Third Day. I think everyone agrees on one thing; Move is Third Day at its very best.
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