Wire

Wire

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by Third Day
     
 

Grammy-winning rockers Third Day could easily have slept through the making of their seventh studio album, having already established rock 'n' roll credibility on Come Together and their spiritual convictions on two Offerings releases. What makes Wire such an outstanding album, in fact, is that the band chose not to toss this recording off,…  See more details below

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Grammy-winning rockers Third Day could easily have slept through the making of their seventh studio album, having already established rock 'n' roll credibility on Come Together and their spiritual convictions on two Offerings releases. What makes Wire such an outstanding album, in fact, is that the band chose not to toss this recording off, instead pushing their creative energies to new heights. Wire is characterized by crisp musicianship, compelling melodies, and heartfelt lyrics about life "on the wire," the balancing act between human ego and spiritual aspirations. "Til the Day I Die" gets this collection off to a fiery start, with hammering guitars and Mac Powell's emphatic vocals making a riveting affirmation of faith. That heady pace continues for much of this release, in fact, until a handful of ballads slow things down. "You Are Mine," "San Angelo," "I Will Hold My Head High," and "Innocent" start softly and move to their inevitable powerful crescendos -- a fine tactic, though Third Day should recognize that they are as compelling when they whisper as when they shout. That said, Wire remains a superb effort.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Douglas Losey
It's evident from the first riff of "Til the Day I Die" that Third Day has stripped away the shine and gotten back to the grittiness of being a rock & roll band. On its fifth studio disc, titled Wire, the band's sound pushes the rock envelope more than any of its predecessors. With guitars out front, cuts like "Come Back to Me'" and "Rockstar" find Third Day forging ahead with unabashed enthusiasm. This is the type of rock energy displayed on prior discs, but in limited doses. Leaning on southern heritage, the cut "I Believe" is reminiscent of the Atlanta Rhythm Section's "Homesick" and "Billy Brown" could have been lifted from any Molly Hatchet record. While the rockers are a pleasure, Third Day's knack for writing emotionally potent ballads is evidenced, as well. "It's a Shame" is a tune that finds the electrics lying back in the pocket while a string arrangement enlightens the song's feel. "You Are Mine" is the type of cut that the band has taken to number one several times throughout its career. The song offers lyrical worship while the acoustic guitars and country rhythm patterns excel. Sprinkled throughout Wire is some of the best work the band has produced over its career. The disc is a rock tour de force that may take the band to new places.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
Essential
UPC:
0083061072827
catalogNumber:
10728

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Third Day   Primary Artist
Paul Buckmaster   Musician
Paul Ebersold   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ,Mellotron,Hammond B3
Mark Lee   Guitar
Boyd Tinsley   Violin,Musician
David Carr   Drums,Group Member
Mark "Anarchy" Lee   Guitar,Group Member
Brad Avery   Guitar,Group Member
Mac Powell   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Tai Anderson   Bass,Group Member
Scotty Wilbanks   Piano,Hammond Organ,Musician
Scott Hardin   Background Vocals,Musician
Richard Thomas   Cello,Musician
Chrystine Lloree Fincher   Background Vocals,Musician

Technical Credits

Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Paul Ebersold   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Don McCollister   Engineer
Danny Raines   Executive Producer
Billy Bowers   Engineer
Boyd Tinsley   Violin Arrangement
Bernard Sumner   Cover Design
Third Day   Composer
Terry Hemmings   Executive Producer
Skidd Mills   Engineer
David Novik   Executive Producer
Mac Powell   Composer
Karl Egsieker   Engineer
Stephanie McBrayer   Art Direction
Mac Attkisson   Engineer

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Wire 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know that I can buy any Third Day album without knowing a single song and never be disappointed. They are excellent musicians and continue to produce outstanding work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a first time listener of Christian Rock. I chose the band, Third Day, because I saw the movie, "Joshua". I heard their music in the movie and was interested in hearing more. "Wire" is my 1st Christian Rock CD. I thought every song was excellent. I highly recommend this CD. I am going to purchase more Third Day CD's because of the great music in "Wire".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Third Day's songs have always been catchy to me. Christian rock hasn't been very potrayed strongly by other rock groups, it seems like Mercy Me and Casting Crowns are only outfitting Third Day. I especially enjoyed Rockstar, Come On Back To Me, and I Beleve. For anyone that is looking for a great CD out there, I HIGHLY recommend Third Day:Wire.
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