Morning Has Broken
Label: Essential Records
Miracle's 12 tracks are infused with everything good about Third Day. There's a blue-collar, Springsteen-esque quality to the anthem "I Need a Miracle"; there's also romance ("Kicking and Screaming"), worship ("Your Love Is Like a River"), sing-along choruses ("I Want to Believe in You," "Hit Me Like a Bomb") and even frontman Mac Powell playing badass on the gritty Southern rocker "The Victory." When a band's been together this long, they risk sounding like they're covering themselves, but Third Day avoids the temptation, thanks in part to producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, The Killers).