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Offerings II: All I Have to Give
Artist: Third Day
Label: Essential Records
Comprised of six live tracks and six studio tracks, Offerings II, as the title suggests, is Third Day's second worship album. A cynical sort might suggest that this is an attempt to cash in on the current trend in CCM today - after all, didn't Smitty release two worship albums recently? He did? Hmm...
This album follows the same
formula that Third Day has employed since _Conspiracy No. 5_, by far the
best of their albums. Old favorites "God of Wonders" (featuring Michael
Tait of DC Talk) and "Show Me Your Glory" are here, with the predictable
response from the partisan crowd. There is a medley that features the Powell
standard "Your Love O Lord." A more interesting choice is their cover
of the Rich Mullins classic "Creed." While I much prefer the original,
the soaring guitars here in place of Mullins'
Of the new songs, "May Your Wonders Never Cease" is the best of the lot. Third Day breaks no new ground here, preferring to settle for what has gained them much fame and presumably, wealth. Monroe Jones, the hot name in producing currently, does them no favors by failing to push them into new territory.
Bottom line - if you're a Third Day completist, buy this. If you really like worship albums, buy this. If, like me, you are waiting for another album that doesn't sound like their last four, take a pass.
Brian A. Smith 22 April 2003