Thursday, November 15, 2012

Miracles on The Third Day

Yes you can expect a Miracle [+digital booklet] . Southern Rock fans everywhere held their collective breaths a while back when they heard that Third Day Frontman Mac Powell was releasing a solo album. With the recent breakup of a number of bands, it is no wonder. When we heard the album would be a country album, a few of us were doubly concerned.

Well we can all breathe now. Not only did the self titled country release impress us here at Night Beat HQ, it did it by realizing it was best not to stray too far from Third Day.

Third Day has matured a lot over the years, and I should know. I have been on board since the bands second album, Conspiracy No. 5 (1997). When I heard them for the first time during the inaugural Inside Out Soulfest (1998) at Loon Mountain, I immediately was drawn to the Bass Heavy, Plodding Rock Sound reminiscent of 70's Bands. While that has mellowed a bit, the band rocks out just fine.

Miracle hits you like a bomb, to quote the opening cut. Personally, I think it is better than the previous release, Move. A little less country, a little more Adult Contemporary.

Of course one of the trademarks of any Third Day is the worship, and on this album the worship is covered by Your Love is Like A River, You are my everything, and Morning Has Broken. There is one music video out, and that is for I need a Miracle.

I have one complaint about this album, and that is that the opening cut is the hardest cut on the album, and the next hardest is The Victory (track 8) and then Times Running Out On Me. The rest of the album is pretty AC friendly. Because of that I'm only giving Miracle [+digital booklet] 4.75 Emeralds. It could have been a perfect album if it had a few more rock numbers. Still, it should be well primed to make the final pool in the 4th PVA's. Click on the links to buy the album and support The Night Beat at the same time. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.