314. Time – Third Day

TIME (1999)

Third Day

It is a common complaint about Third Day that they are too derivative of other artists. Too much like Pearl jam. Too much like Hootie and the Blowfish. Too much like ____________________ . This may even be the case, but the earlier releases are some of the most enjoyable albums for their day. Before they became the biggest band in CCVM, they wrote and performed some great Southern Fried Rock and Roll as the first handful of albums can attest to.

Time, the “official” third release for Third Day marked a return to the more southern roots of the band after a quick foray into a more progressive and heavier sound with Conspiracy No. 5. It also marks some of the strongest songwriting amongst the entire Third Day catalog.

One unique departure from the normal CCM rock formula is kicking the album off with the mid-tempo country-rocker “I’ve Always Loved You.” I don’t know if this is the biggest hit in Third Day’s career but few of their songs have ever maintained a consistent radio presence that this song has. This beautiful song reflects God’s eternal love for those that are His.

It is said that the band had over 30 songs to choose from for this album and it shows as their are very few forgettable numbers. Believe just rocks with such a killer groove that even my naysayer snobby friends admit the song just kicks. In fact, once the first song ends the majority of the album kicks into high gear and the Black Crowes, 30 Special comparisons serve as a compliment. The killer female backing vocals on “Took My Place” and the melancholy vocal approach on “Don’t Say Goodbye” give the album more vocal diversity than nearly any other Third Day project. And the Lynard Skynard influenced “What Good,” complete with brass section accompaniment is pure gold.

What really separates the album is the strength of the ballads. many of Third Day ballads sound more “ready created” than natural expressions. The previous mentioned lead track and the worshipful “You Love Oh Lord” would hint at the future emphasis in modern worship music found on the Offerings projects and would also become a majopr emphasis during their concerts.

Finally the 0ver 8 minute album closer, “Give,” is also something you simply won’t find on most CCM albums. It’s a perfect and fitting end to a great release that shows the diversity, creativity and strong musicianship of the band.

  1. Mike
    November 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I’m enjoying the reviews, and am learning a lot about groups I’ve never heard of. However, this review is the second in a couple of days to refer to “30 Special.” It’s “38 Special”, not “30 Special.”

    • low5point
      November 3, 2010 at 8:12 pm

      I hate typing on a laptop 🙂

  2. Shawn McLaughlin
    November 4, 2010 at 2:52 am

    It seems that 38 Special has been mentioned more than any other band NOT having an entry in this countdown. Dave called them 38 Special the other times.

  3. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Time.. the first Third Day (Yes THAT Third Day) album I ever listened too.

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