Righteous reggae rockers P.O.D. return with their biggest work yet! Testify is packed with high energy songs ranging from funky nu-metal to reggae flavored jams, with honest, upfront lyrics about the power of Christ.
Format: Compact disc Vendor: Word Entertainment Inc
Two years ago, P.O.D. entered the studio, fresh off its smash hit Satellite. That album yielded two huge singles, Alive and Youth of the Nation, and sold more than 3 million copies. The band seemed poised to capitalize on its success. P.O.D. had just welcomed new guitarist Jason Truby (from Living Sacrifice) into its ranks and was eager to storm the charts again.
Now, two years later, P.O.D. is a band bloodied and beaten. Payable on Death, its follow-up to Satellite, was a darker affair, with a more straight-ahead heavy approach that left fans overwhelmingly disappointed. As album sales dipped more than 80 percent, P.O.D. seemed to be heading in the wrong direction. But then in 2005, we got a taste of the good things to come with the limited edition release of The Warriors EP, Vol. 2, which sounded fresh and a lot more like Satellite.
That set up the new album, Testify, a true return to form in every way while taking a big step forward. How big? This is simply the bands best album, bar none. As the title suggests, Testify is a blatantly Christian album from a devoutly faithful band. This is P.O.D.s most direct work since signing with Atlantic Records. The lyrics stay true to its influences, dealing with real-life issues including the bands personal ups and downs. I can still see the light at the end of the tunnel, Sonny Sandoval sings on Goodbye for Now. Shine through the dark times, even when I lose my mind.
P.O.D.s success can be traced, at least in part, to its ability to combine the bands reggae influences with rap and hard rock. The song Roots In Stereo marks the outfits best attempt at this to date. Its also the closest Testify comes to an anthem on the level of Youth of the Nation. With the driving track Lights Out, sure to be a fan favorite, P.O.D. slips back into a harder-edged rock sound. Throughout its duration, Testify jumps deftly from style to style, incorporating all without sacrificing each ones musical integrity.
Its been tempting to write off P.O.D. with the host of other popular rock-rap-reggae combos out there, but with Testify, the band has elevated it to an art form. Truby seems to have adapted to the bands style this time, his guitar blending nicely with the polished sound. P.O.D. once again worked with producer Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith), who has managed to make the band sound better than ever. And while there may not be an instant hit such as Alive, this is the most solid P.O.D. album to date.