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!
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Performance CreditsP.O.D. Primary Artist
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. Vocals
Glen Ballard Keyboards
Joel Shearer Guitar
Suzie Katayama Cello
Amy Terrin Vocals
Technical CreditsGlen Ballard Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Joel Shearer Composer
Greg Fidelman Engineer
Travis Wyrick Engineer
Anne Declemente Project Administrator
Craig Rosen Project Administrator
Alex Kirzhner Art Direction
William Malina Engineer
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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.
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.
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.