Gospel Rock Revival
Posted August 18, 2017
By PhillFeltham_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Raw. Organic. Reverent. There are so many good words to describe Third Day's new album Revival.
I'm amazed that, after 20 years, the band can still rock out while releasing an incredibly upbeat album laced with catchy tunes that revere Jesus. I think of this collection as true gospel rock.
With Revival, Third Day has set a new trend in worship music: a worship album with a completely different genre of music. Can you imagine singing rock, heart-felt power ballads and reverent worship music on a Sunday morning, dancing, stomping your feet and putting your hands in the air with your eyes closed--all in the name of Jesus? I can. Churches who sing gospel on Sunday morning could consider this idea for sure.
Third Day kicks off Revival with the title track, which is also the album's first single. It gets the album off to a rocking start. The second song, "Gonna Be There With Me," continues where "Revival" left off. Both songs are handclapping foot stompers, something that would move you to dance wherever you are. Move over Bob Seger and Alabama!
From there, "Leave the World Behind" slows the tempo down with reverent lyrics and a fantastic piano solo at the end. "In Your Hands" and "Devotion" are slower tempo numbers that move me to worship Jesus. "Gather Around Now" has a different sound, unlike any of the album's other songs. It's slower tempo rock song with a bit of a country style.
The Bottom Line: Each song on Revival has an organic sound, complete with heavy guitar riffs, thumping drum beats and a myriad of different sounds. As with any album, some moments drag. But each arrangement varies, which will keep your ears glued to the music. This album should move the church to consider an all-country rock service. Happy 20th anniversary to Third Day: they hit a home run.
Song to Download Now:
"Revival" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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