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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
You can always count on P.O.D. for two things: spiritually uplifting lyrics and music that consistently takes the road less traveled. On this disc, their first studio outing in three years, the San Diegans stay true to form, expanding their horizons by working with Glen Ballard who's collaborated with artists as varied as Aerosmith and Alanis Morissette and retaining their grounding by outfitting the disc's tunes with messages that affirm, rather than wallow in the mire. The two aspects dovetail best on the disc's fist single, "Goodbye for Now," which leavens frontman Sonny Sandoval's vocal brawn with a swirl of strings that lighten the sonic onslaught without adding ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
You can always count on P.O.D. for two things: spiritually uplifting lyrics and music that consistently takes the road less traveled. On this disc, their first studio outing in three years, the San Diegans stay true to form, expanding their horizons by working with Glen Ballard who's collaborated with artists as varied as Aerosmith and Alanis Morissette and retaining their grounding by outfitting the disc's tunes with messages that affirm, rather than wallow in the mire. The two aspects dovetail best on the disc's fist single, "Goodbye for Now," which leavens frontman Sonny Sandoval's vocal brawn with a swirl of strings that lighten the sonic onslaught without adding unneeded sweetness. As they have on past discs, the band delves into the reggae realm, this time with the help of Matisyahu, the reggae rapper who here applies his six-string prowess to "Roots in Stereo" and "Strength in My Life." The collaboration is an intriguing one, given that Matisyahu is a Hasidic Jew, but the spiritual similarities between the parties clearly outweigh the technical differences between their faiths. Since there's plenty of brawn to go along with the cerebral stuff -- as evidenced by "On the Grind," a punishing thrash-rap track that features a guest appearance by L.A. vets Boo-Ya Tribe -- Testify is as good a fit for the moshpit as it is for the privacy of the bedroom. Say it loud!
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Whether it be the group's Christian ethos, ethnically diverse makeup, or reggae-sunsplash-meets-Ozfest vibe, P.O.D. has always retained a bit more respectability than their rap-rock peers. Even during the group's most "nu-metal" moments, they sound like they have at least heard Bad Brains' first three albums and probably dug them. Smartly, on their fifth studio album, Testify, the band continues to eschew such rap-rock gimmicks as ancillary use of turntables and cheesy samples, and instead delivers a mature and workmanlike metal monster-piece. Bright, loud, but always artful, Testify's glossy production comes via journeyman hitmaking producer and synthesizer master Glen Ballard. While P.O.D. has lost none of their rootsy funk metal swagger, Ballard -- the man behind such pop titans as Michael Jackson, Van Halen, and Alanis Morissette -- has found a way to give them an eminently palatable studio sheen that brings to mind a deft mix of the arena rock of Asia and the Police, as much as it does Sepultura. The move toward a more polished sound also pays dividends creatively, as guitarist Jason Truby, while not quite as forward-thinking as Audioslave's Tom Morello, nonetheless shines under Ballard's approach, delivering a truly inspired and technically brilliant performance. Similarly, vocalist Sonny seems reinvigorated and practically giddy on the lead-off track, "Roots in Stereo." Spiritually, the band is as concerned as ever with Jah, inner strength, and the "blood of God's veins," and if the melancholy single "Goodbye for Now" is any indication, they still have a few inner demons to wrestle with creatively. Luckily, though, they haven't forgotten the funk, and songs such as the head-snapping "Lights Out" and the Sabbath-esque "Sounds Like War" combine a bit of hip-hop fun with Bob Marley-inspired metal faith. Throw in a couple of serendipitous guest spots from Hasidic rapper Matisyahu and by the time you get to the devastating metal-reggae album closer, "Mark My Words," you've got a band reborn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678385728
  • Catalog Number: 83857
  • Sales rank: 87,599

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Roots in Stereo (4:42)
  2. 2 Lights Out (2:47)
  3. 3 If You Could See Me Now (3:07)
  4. 4 Goodbye for Now (4:34)
  5. 5 Sounds Like War (3:52)
  6. 6 On the Grind (4:24)
  7. 7 This Time (4:41)
  8. 8 Mistakes & Glories (3:38)
  9. 9 Let You Down (4:14)
  10. 10 Teachers (4:21)
  11. 11 Strength of My Life (3:37)
  12. 12 Say Hello (2:32)
  13. 13 Mark My Words (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
P.O.D. Primary Artist
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. Vocals
Glen Ballard Keyboards
Joel Shearer Guitar
Suzie Katayama Cello
Jacken Vocals
Wuv Drums
Amy Terrin Vocals
Marcos Guitar
Technical Credits
Glen Ballard Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ted Jensen Mastering
Joel Shearer Composer
Greg Fidelman Engineer
P.O.D. Producer
Jacken Composer
Travis Wyrick Engineer
Anne Declemente Project Administrator
Craig Rosen Project Administrator
Alex Kirzhner Art Direction
William Malina Engineer
Matisyahu Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Testify

    Another good CD by one of the best Christian band ever. It's good to have a heavy rock band singing about something actually worth while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Testify

    This CD is a must have for P.O.D. Warriors everywhere. Awesome metal, reggae, and rap, too. This is Christian music at it's best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth the Wait

    Payable On Death does it again! They have not lost their inspirational touch in this album. They even bring in Jewish rapper Matisiatyu. Their opening track, "Roots In Stereo" tells you that this is going to be a great album. I am enjoying it as I'm writing this review. If you are or not a Christian or a person who seems to be lost in life, listen to P.O.D. They are an ispirational band with a lot of talent to go with it.

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    Posted September 6, 2009

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