Wire (album)

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Wire
Studio album by Third Day
Released May 4, 2004
Recorded 2001–2004
Genre Southern rock, Christian rock
Length 51:21
Label Essential
Producer Paul Ebersold
Third Day chronology
Offerings II: All I Have To Give
(2003)
Wire
(2004)
Live Wire
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[1]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
CCM Magazine B+[3]
Christianity Today 4/5 stars[4]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 squares[5]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[6]
The Phantom Tollbooth 4/5 stars[7]
5/5 stars[8]
USA Today 3/4 stars[9]

Wire is the seventh album by Christian rock band Third Day. It breaks from the style of the band's previous albums to return to simple, rock and roll-driven melodies. To quote Allmusic's review of the album, "Third Day has stripped away the shine and gotten back to the grittiness of being a rock & roll band."[10] The album is largely carried by the energetic guitar riffs that pervade its songs, although the forceful lyrics also contribute significantly.

The album's songs deal with numerous themes. "Wire", the title track, is a song about the pressure to succeed in modern society. "I Believe", "I Got a Feeling", "Innocent", and other tracks deal with sin, faith, and renewal from a Christian perspective. "Billy Brown" is a catchy song that explores the readiness of people to follow and even idolize entertainment figures.

In November 2004, a live version of Wire was released, called Live Wire featuring a DVD and CD of songs from their tour of their latest album.

The album won 2005 Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Third Day and Mac Powell. 

Album release
No. Title Length
1. "'Til the Day I Die"   3:25
2. "Come on Back to Me"   3:52
3. "Wire"   3:52
4. "Rockstar"   3:11
5. "I Believe"   3:01
6. "It's a Shame"   3:56
7. "Blind"   4:53
8. "I Got a Feeling"   3:36
9. "You Are Mine"   3:56
10. "Innocent"   4:23
11. "Billy Brown"   3:19
12. "San Angelo"   5:16
13. "I Will Hold My Head High"   4:02
Total length:
51:21

Awards[edit]

On 2005, the album won a Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 36th GMA Dove Awards. The song "Come on Back to Me" was also nominated for Rock Recorded Song of the Year.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Brian (May 4, 2004). "Christian CD Review: Third Day Wire - CD Review of Wire by Third Day". About.com. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Losey, Steve (May 4, 2004). "Wire - Third Day". AllMusic. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jenison, Dave (May 1, 2004). "In Review: Third Day: Wire (Essential)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. Salem Publishing. p. 77. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ Breimeier, Russ (28 May 2004). "Third Day Wire (Essential Records) Review". Christianity Today. Wayback Machine. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Cummings, Tony (June 9, 2004). "Review: Wire - Third Day". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ DiBiase, John (May 4, 2004). "Third Day, "Wire" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ Wray, Burton (May 30, 2004). "Review of The Phantom Tollbooth (Wray)". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ Chromey, Rick (June 13, 2004). "Review of The Phantom Tollbooth (Chromey)". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ Mansfield, Brian (May 10, 2004). "Party with Gretchen Wilson, Los Lobos". USA Today. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ Steven Douglas Losey. "Wire Review (Allmusic)". 
  11. ^ 2005 Dove Awards - 36th Annual Dove Awards on About.com; Jones, Kim