The veteran Christian rockers from Georgia release their 12th studio album, following up 2010’s impassioned “Move.”
With the assistance of seasoned producer Brendan O’Brien (The Killers, Pearl Jam, Train, Bruce Springsteen), “Miracle” radiates with electrifying, mainstream pop as the band strays a touch from the Southern rock sound of the last two albums and flirts with various music styles and textures.
“Miracle” is fueled by lead singer Mac Powell’s captivating and distinct voice as he delivers compelling anthems of love, faith, struggle, perseverance and triumph. The album opener, “Hit Me Like a Bomb,” is a pure melodic rocker that abruptly explodes with fiery guitar riffs, a pulsating drum beat and Powell’s charismatic voice singing, “Hear the sound of the sirens ringing/See the world of a life that’s changing.”
The band’s recent spirited performance of the song on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” is certainly enough reason to want to see the band perform live. “No one can keep me from your side,” sings Powell on the infectious acoustic-driven “Kicking and Screaming,” describing a life of dedication and steadfast devotion to one’s faith. The album’s lead single, “I Need a Miracle,” is a powerful testament to the band’s music and message. The song was inspired by the true story of a young man who had all but given up on life. At his lowest point, he heard Third Day’s “Cry Out to Jesus” on the radio prompting him to pray for strength and God’s power. As a result of fervent prayer, the young man overcame his struggles with depression and addiction.
“I Need a Miracle” is a vivid reminder that daily miracles do happen when we search God’s heart. My personal favorites are “Take Me Back” with its contagiously smooth chorus and vibrant message of a renewed and simpler faith and the rousing “The Victory” as Powell strongly declares, “I’ll run the race that needs to be run/I’ll fight the fight that needs to be won.” The album closes with a stellar cover of Cat Stevens’ “Morning Has Broken” from his 1971 album “Teaser and the Firecat.” Powell’s vocal is spot on delivering this children’s hymn from 1931 as he ends the album singing, “Praise with elation, praise every morning/God’s recreation of the new day.” A fitting ending to a heartening and inspiring album.