Revival (Petra album)

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Revival
Studio album by Petra
Released November 20, 2001
Genre Christian rock, praise
Length 46:04
Label Inpop Records
Producer Jason Halbert
Dwayne Larring
Petra chronology
Double Take
(2000)
Revival
(2001)
Jekyll & Hyde
(2003)

Revival is the nineteenth studio album of the Christian rock band Petra and their third praise album. It was released on November 20, 2001.

Album background[edit]

Revival was released amidst some major changes for the band. Three members had departed the band, so Bob Hartman decided to return from retirement to help cement the ground for their next album. Also, the band was dropped from their label (Word/Epic) which started a search for a suitable record label to launch their next album.

Inpop Records picked the band up and prepared for their next release. It was decided by both the band and producers that the best way to follow was a third praise album. They also decided that, instead of hiring new members, they would stay with remaining core members (John Schlitt, Louie Weaver, Bob Hartman) and use studio musicians for bass and keyboards.[1][2]

The music features a more electric and synthesized sound, using heavy programming and sampling without sacrificing Hartman's guitar sounds or Weaver's rhythm. This is the only album of Petra that does not feature a song written by founder Bob Hartman.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Send Revival, Start With Me" (Words by Matt Redman) – 5:29
  2. "The Noise We Make" (Words by Jesse Reeves and Chris Tomlin) – 5:05
  3. "Oasis" (Words by John Hartley and Gary Sadler) – 3:56
  4. "The Prodigal's Song" (Words by Paul Oakley) – 4:16
  5. "Amazing Grace" (Words by Sadler, Hartley and Dwayne Larring) – 4:03
  6. "Jesus, Friend of Sinners" (Words by Oakley) – 3:32
  7. "Better Is One Day" (Words by Redman) – 4:36
  8. "Meet With Me" (Words by Lamont Hiebert) – 3:28
  9. "You Satisfy" (Words by Peter Gross and Ashlee White) – 4:26
  10. "We Want to See Jesus Lifted High" (Words by Doug Horley) – 3:02
  11. "How Long" (Words by Stuart Townend) – 4:06

Personnel[edit]

Petra[edit]

Guest Musicians[edit]

  • Rick Cua - bass
  • Jason Halbert - keyboards, programming, background vocals
  • Dwayne Larring - guitars
  • David Larring
  • Kevin Walt
  • David Davidson - string arrangement on "Send Revival"
  • John Catchings - strings
  • David Angell - strings
  • Monisa Angell - strings

Production[edit]

  • Jason Halbert & Dwayne Larring - Producer
  • Steve Ford - Executive Producer

Recording[edit]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[4]

The album was well received by audience and critics. John DiBiase, of Jesus Freak Hideout, called the album "a bold and brilliant step" for the band, and gave it 3.5 out of stars.[5] Billboard magazine wrote "the group records songs brilliantly" and called the album "a reminder of why [Petra] will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Michael. "Revival". A Guide to Petra. 
  2. ^ Jones, Michael and Cathy. "Petra Revival Press release". A Guide to Petra. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  5. ^ Petra Revival Review on Jesus Freak Hideout; DiBiase, John (11/10/01)
  6. ^ Billboard album reviews on Billboard p.17 (December 22, 2001)