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November 1st, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Third Day's "Move" hits No. 1

Third Day is drummer David Carr, guitarist Mark Lee, frontman Mac Powell and bassist Tai Anderson

Third Day is a rock band. They are from the South. But to label their new CD as a return to their Southern rocks roots isn't entirely accurate.

Make no mistake, if you grew up listening to the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special (as I did), some of the songs on "Move" definitely have a familiar feel, but others just "don't go that way," one of the band's members said.

"Going into it, it's kind of like, we're Third Day, and it's a Third Day record and when you hear a Third Day record you're going to get hints of Southern rock, you're going to get hints of rock, you're going to get maybe just a tinge of country," drummer David Carr said, "and a lot of other stuff in between. Hopefully that makes us a stand out in that regard."

Third Day also stands out because lead vocalist Mac Powell has a distinctive gritty Southern quality to his voice. So they could be doing a modern rock song, but vocally it will have a little bit of a Southern rock feel to it, Carr said.

Still, the band doesn't set out to do a certain style for each CD according to Carr.

"It's not like we sit down and say should it sound like this or should it sound like that," Carr said by phone while on tour with the band. "With Move, long before we knew we were going to call it Move, the question was whether we were going to do another worship album or we were going to do a 'regular' album. That was the big debate, but as far as the sound of it, that just comes naturally."

Labels aside, the CD has been well received by critics who liken it to Time, which featured "I've Always Loved You," the group's first No.1 song in 1999.

Move has gotten four of five stars from a number of reviewers, including Andrew Greer at Christianity Today. He wrote: "Though it may be too soon to call Third Day a legend, Move is yet another attractive release in an illustrious discography certain to be celebrated for years to come."

Move, the band's 11th studio album, debuted this week at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian albums chart, and was No. 3 on the Rock CDs list.

Carr said the album reflects not only where Powell, who wrote or co-wrote the songs, is in his life but also has a theme and quality the rest of the band identifies with. In this case, a call to move forward - as opposed to Revelation, their previous album, which was more contemplative, he said. It is a theme that is a bit serendipitous.

"It is kind of cool when several songs come together and they sort of work together and it was unplanned," he said. "I don't think Mac thought, 'Oh I need to move now," and an album came from it. Songs just kind of came out."

The CD is the first produced at their new Kennesaw, Georgia, studio. It was like getting a cool new toy, Carr said. You're excited all the time when you're playing with it, or in this case, in it.

The other good thing Carr said is it's theirs so they don't have to rush to get something done just because they've laid out big bucks for studio rental time.

Bassist Tai Anderson told hearitfirst.com that the band also wanted a large recording venue rather than some cramped basement studio.

"We wanted a great big place where the sky would be the limit," he said in a video tour of the studio on the Hear It First site.

Third Day is currently on tour with Michael W. Smith, Max Lucado, TobyMac and Jason Gray.

- Producer/Writer

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Steph

    This is a clearly biased review as Third Day has been my favorite band for at least 8 years but I truly feel this album is pretty special. The first single "Lift Up Your Face" combines a lot of earthy elements with the classic Powell vocals to deliver a memorable track. If you are able to sit still and listen to the "Make Your Move" or "Gone" tracks something is wrong with you. As a four piece band, the album clearly solidifies one thing – Mark Lee is a master of his craft. The guitar work on this album is inspiring and could stand up to anything mainstream radio has to offer. As a Christian, I find the lyrical content of the album a bonus. Not particularly drawn to slower tracks, I was surprised at the impact "Trust in Jesus" had on me but find myself hitting the repeat just so I can sing along to it's simple yet powerful message. All in all, this album is so comfortable right out of the box you'll find it lingering in the CD player for awhile. I'm certainly looking forward to hearing some of these tracks live, including the catchy "I'll Be Your Miracle". See you on the road.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  2. JCizzle

    Lamb of God is better.

    November 7, 2010 at 1:27 am |
  3. Greg onesawthelight

    To Reality...you sound like you have sincere doubts about Jesus. I respect that, and I believe Jeff does as well. Do yourself and your family a favor. Read "The Case for Christ" by Lee Strobel. I mention him because he was an un-believer...big time. Lee did a two year investigation into this "Jesus" thing thinking he would disprove God being real and Jesus being what He claimed. Lee learned otherwise. Check it out. Can't hurt can it? What if Jesus and what He says is real...where does that leave you for all eternity?

    November 5, 2010 at 9:57 pm |
  4. Greg onesawthelight

    Third Day's "Move" is their best cd yet. "Revelation" was an insightful thought provoking cd but "Move" is even better. The message of the Gospel is always there, but the music can and does stand on it's own. These are some very talented men who know know how to make music and aren't afraid to testify to the love of God for all of us. Mark Lee's guitar tracks on the cd are outstanding! Mac's voice as always is great. As Debbie spoke of...their awards say much about the quality of their music.

    November 5, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
  5. Dixie

    Whether you buy the message they are selling or not; the music is solid.

    November 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  6. Robyn C.

    Not only are they musicians of high caliber, they are men of high standards. Not afraid to put to music what they believe. This is not your parents Christian music. They have managed to put the message out there in music that has replaced and satisfied my need for rock and roll!! I hope people will give it a listen and enjoy what they're hearing. And if even one song causes a moment of reflection, then all the better.

    November 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  7. jesus loves me

    "Move" is simply the best Third Day cd to date. These men of God from Georgia know how to write good lyrics and music and bring it all together with a sound that is all their own. Third Day keeps getting better and better.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  8. Kelly Oosterbaan

    Love Love Love this CD. The music these guys make is so solid. Every album has such heart and God-inspired lyrics. I love the rockin songs on this one, and also the beautiful praisey/worship songs. One of my favorite all time records!

    November 5, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  9. Cindy Boo

    Third Day's MOVE really rocks!! I don't know how they managed to outdo REVELATION, but they did!! So thankful for good Christian men like Third Day who brings forth the WORD of God through their music!

    November 5, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  10. Jay Heilman

    Here is a great review of Third Day's latest album Move...

    http://www.ChristianMusicReview.org/thirdday_move.html

    November 5, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  11. Debbie

    "Move" by far is Third Day's best record ever. That is saying something once you realize that Third Day already has garnered a American Music Award, 3 Grammy Awards along with numerous Dove awards for ALL of their past work. Not to mention, being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Make no mistake, Third Day brings the Rock and the gift of the message. I would recommend this record to anyone, because it has something for everybody!

    November 5, 2010 at 12:00 am |
  12. Jeff Cooke

    It's about time that the world is getting a clue! Not only are these guys solid men of God but their music has been first class for over a decade and a half! Good morning!

    November 2, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
  13. blin

    bm in the am

    November 2, 2010 at 5:46 am |
  14. Reality

    Warning for new commentators: (to be added to each new topic)

    The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comment in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like Hitt-ite, t-itle, beati-tude, practi-tioner and const-tution. Then there words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate or doc-ument. And there is also “a-pe” and “gra-pe”. You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, I typically add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge "of-fensive".

    More than one web address will also activate “waiting for moderation”. Make sure the web address does not have any forbidden word or fragment.

    November 1, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  15. Wisdom for life

    After listening to the song, reflect on this scene from the life of Jesus:

    "From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:66-69)

    November 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
    • Reality

      Most contemporary NT exegetes give a thumbs down to John 6: 66-69 as being an authentic saying of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

      e.g. http://wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?t-itle=073_Who_is_Jesus

      November 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Wisdom for life

      I listened... I reflected..... Nope, not so much for me. Nooooooo Thank you.

      November 2, 2010 at 12:16 am |
  16. Reality

    Good voices to the point that they would qualify for America's Got Talent but as with all Christian/religious singing groups they simply spout "mythations".

    November 1, 2010 at 10:49 am |
    • Jeff Cooke

      Obviously "Reality" doesn't have a clue as to what REALITY is! I'm pretty sure that he/she (who is too timid to even use their name) never even listened to the CD but uses every excuse possible to bash the Truth of Jesus Christ. God knows your name, and we'll be praying for you,

      November 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
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