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Miracle
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Third Day had me at "Love Song," the standout song from their debut album in 1996. I was seeking Christianity at the time and had just discovered my favorite band Jars Of Clay and couldn't get enough of Christian music, also including Audio Adrenaline and Newsboys. The 1990's were key in the development and influence on the Christian music scene and Third Day pioneered Christian Southern Rock. There comes a time in every artist's career where they need to re-imagine, re-invigorate, and dream it all over again. For Third Day, that time was in the fall of 2011. Their touring was never better, their album Move was successful, the fans were super-engaged, yet they felt it was time to shake things up. As they prepared to write and record their next album, Miracle, the band hired legendary producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, The Fray, Train) to help them forge a new sound. From the opening track, "Hit Me Like A Bomb," it is clear that Third Day means business when they say they want to bring something new to the table.

Even though Wherever You Are, Revelation and Move featured hit songs "Cry Out To Jesus," "Call My Name," "Revelation," "Trust In Jesus" and "Children of God," I've missed that complete album experience I experienced with Time. "Hit Me Like A Bomb" and "Kicking And Screaming" start it off with great personal songs about praying for change and Mac Powell's vocals have never sounded better. The next set of songs are about pressing on in difficult times, "Your Love Is Like A River" and hit song "I Need A Miracle," a likely Song of the Year nominee. For me, the other standout songs which make this a complete album are the next group of songs, which are about praying for hope for better times, "For The Rest of Your Life" and "The Victory." Those songs are great examples of how this album is more diverse and original sounding than I've heard in a long time from this legendary band. Those looking for more vertical and prayerful songs can find them in "You Are My Everything," "I Want To Believe In You" and "Forever Yours."Those worshipful and personal songs are among the best songs on the album.

"I Need A Miracle" is my favorite song on the album. One of my favorite aspects of Third Day's music is how they tend to have very spiritual lyrics. This song declares boldly what it means to be a follower of Jesus and is a thesis statement of faith--"And in your hour of desperation, Know you're not the only one, praying Lord above, I need a miracle." God wants to hear from us, and this song compels me to pray more fervently to my Savior. I resonate with the message and as a Christian who does understand the power of prayer, what people need to take away from this song is that we aren't in control of circumstances under our human ability. The power of God can transcend our human understanding and power. We serve a God who is much bigger than our struggles. I get goose bumps when I listen to this amazing song and sing along at the top of my lungs. Closing songs "Time's Running Out On Me" and "Morning Has Broken" close the album as strong as it starts with more declarations of faith and the importance of relying on Jesus for all of our strength.

CLOSING THOUGHTS (Staff Review, NewReleaseTuesday.com)
Miracle is the Third Day album I've been waiting for since Time. I am amazed by this Third Day album. I'm so glad they went back to their roots. I became a "Gomer" with the southern gospel-rock and passion of songs like "Thief," "Love Song" and "Forever." If you are a long-time fan of Third Day, be very excited about Miracle. Here's your chance to learn what has made Third Day the premier rock band in all of Christian music. Every song is on this album is a guaranteed hit, especially "Hit Me Like A Bomb," "Kicking And Screaming," "For The Rest of Your Life," "The Victory" and one of my selections for Song of the Year,"I Need A Miracle." The music is catchy, every song rocks, and in my opinion this is the best overall album of Third Day's distinguished career.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
I am writing this review as an update to an earlier review i posted for this album. I still feel like it only deserves 4 out of 5 stars, but after a few more listens, this album is solid. Is it a new sound for Third Day? Yes and no. I feel it is different but not that far off from Third Day's trademark sound. More synthesizers and a pop sound on some tracks like For the Rest of My Life, but good. Best Christian album? That depends on the listener and how many times you listen to this album. The christian message is in there yet it takes a few listens to get the overall gist of their message in the music. Hit Me Like a Bomb, Time's Running out on Me, and I Want to Believe in you aren't right out christian songs lyrically but you can get it. Summation.... good album musically speaking yet weaker Christian outlook, some odd songs but overall a great listen. If Time, Wire and Revelation are what you deem to be their best works, get this album. However, if Move, Wherever You Are and Third Day are your best albums...I might wait out on this one. It is a Christian album for sure, yet I just wished the lyrics would have been more up front and center about Jesus and His Grace to us. If you have their other albums...you know they're a christian group that's been around for 20 years! They seem to have a pattern of album styles....mainstream, more gospel/christian oriented, back to mainstream well you get the point. Morning Has Broken the last track on this album is almost worth the asking price however and I Need a Miracle and Your love is Like a river are good as well. If you love Third Day and have been a long time fan...get this album. If not, please, i encourage you, to check out their other albums first..it will help you to understand this group, one of Christian Music's greatest bands ever!!! :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2012
To put it simply, this is The BEST THIRD DAY ALBUM EVER!!!!! Mac's vocals are better than ever, the songwriting is better and the overall change in sound is BETTER!!! I have been a Third Day fan since there first independent release around 20 years ago!! It's not that third day's sound was stale by any means, but I fully agree with the Band that it was time for a change and this ALBUM IS 100% THIRD DAY AND 100% REFRESHING!!!! If you don't like this at first listen, Please do yourself a favor and listen again....You are missing an INCREDIBLE PIECE OF ART!!!! Mac Powell truly has a heart for the LORD and it really shows in his lyrics...The layered guitars and the incredible background vocals really add to this masterpiece!!!! This is just wonderful if you are a Third Day fan or if you are new to the band.... If you were not a fan of third day before, give this new release a listen: YOUR MIRACLE AWAITS!!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
First, for those overly critical of the music on this album, there is nothing but good solid music from the band here once again. It does rock and may be a little different from what you're used to. Third Day is a great band and while they primarily present Christian worship and praise music on most of there albums, nontheless, the music on this album is terrific. They never disappoint and they don't here. Two of my personal favorites are "You Are My Everything" and "Forever Yours". They give me goosebumps. I have already listened to this album over and over and it sounds better each time. Mac Powell has one of the nicest vocals and blends well into whatever he sings. For me, the album is a little too short in contents, a vast contrary to some who feel its too long and not what they want to hear. Don't let negative reviews sway you from purchasing a copy of the album. You will not be disappointed, I promise. Thank you Third Day for another solid effort.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2012
I find it interesting that all of the reviews are focusing on how "rock" the album is (and on whether it's Christian "enough"). I also find it interesting that the same reviewers claim to have been fans of the band for years. Those who are original fans know that one of the key distinctions of Third Day has always been its southern roots, and I find that to be the missing element on this album. In fact, the southern element has been disappearing for some time. I say this as a proud owner of Third Day's Southern Tracks, which I consider one of the best blends of their southern rock music with Mac's soulful voice.

That said, I don't find Miracle to be unpleasant or disappointing for any reason other than I want something else from Third Day. The album has a couple of interesting songs, and the ones that I thought I wouldn't like grew on me as the song played on. All in all, it's a pleasant album that will be played fairly regularly in my household even if it doesn't rank amongst my favorites.

As for whether it's Christian enough, I'm unclear why artists are expected to use Jesus' name like a club in all of their songs. Their songs repeatedly mention the Lord, and the last time I checked, Jesus was Lord.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2012
This is the only word needed to describe this album from a band that has no equal in the music industry. Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
"Miracle" has its own feel to it. You know how some albums sound like a "daytime" album or an album for "nighttime"? Or some music is great on a beach day or another could be just what you need on a rainy day? This album is definitely a nighttime/cloudy day/ driving across the state in the winter kind of album to me. Great Music - Good ol rock n roll from a Good ol' Christian band.
If I were to compare this album at all, I actually would liken the overall feeling to "Christmas Offerings" minus the Christmas. It has a great old-jeans-out-of-the-drier kind of comfortable feel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
I have to admit that I'm a hugh Third Day fan but this album is really awesome! It's a bit different from some of the albums in the past but it's extremely good. May just be the best they've ever done -- and really didn't think it could get any better! My personal favorites on the album are "You Are My Everything" and "The Victory" -- really hard to pick a favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2013
I have been following Third Day since their first album, and I would say this is possibly their best album to date. They have fallen victim to one of the problems I have been seeing crop up in Christian music however; that being the lack of the use of the name of God or Jesus, and a lot of pronouns (you, yours, etc.). I hope this resolves itself soon or Christian music could lose what makes itself different from all other music: praising the NAME of our Lord.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2012
I am a HUGE fan of Third Day! I too, love their older albums, AND for me MIRACLE hits its mark of what I believe their intention was for this album, to cast a broader net to minister to the masses. If you have to be hit over the head with a in your face message of Christianity, this might not be for you. For me though, I love this album and can relate with the deeper meaning. We are in a time of huge transformation in this world and need to spread the word of GOD to the masses. Sometimes brothers and sisters that are new to Christian music need a more subtle approach.

Thank you THIRD DAY for continuing to bring his message to us!!!
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