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Since their release of their first Atlantic album just six years ago, P.O.D. has earned global acclaim and multi-platinum sales for their trademark brand of uplifting power rock. The aptly titled Testify displays the band at their fiery best. Longtime followers of P.O.D.-aka "the Warriors"-will rejoice in many of the band's trademark sonics, from the full-on energy of 'This Time' to the "Boom"-esque refrain of the ferocious 'Lights Out' and 'Say Hello' to the ulitmately inspiring message of the poignant first single, 'Goodbye for Now'. Atlantic. 2006.
Five albums into its career P.O.D. stands at a critical juncture. The youthful nation that made this band of California Christians into what it is today has grown older and its tastes have grown more refined, meaning that P.O.D. may have to follow suite. Testify's first act suggests that the band has moved in that direction--there's enough heaviness throughout to please those who've joined the P.O.D. posse within the last two years while the group's appreciation for both hip-hop and reggae--deepens. Hasidic MC Matisyahu guests on two tracks ("Roots In Stereo," "Strength Of My Life"), while "Sounds Like War" and "On The Grind" are noble attempts at attracting more diverse audiences. Although the material remains accessible throughout, both the listener and band both grow weary just after the album's halfway point; the final tracks prove largely indistinguishable from each other, even when tempos and attitudes appear to shift. Testify will please the faithful but despite its best intentions P.O.D. may have some trouble finding new converts.--Jedd Beaudoin
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When you think of P.O.D., chances are that two songs will jump to mind - "Youth of the Nation" and "Satellite" - "Sleeping Awake" was also a favorite of mine. Third album "Payable on Death" also had a couple of hits.
"Testify" starts with a driving reggae/rock track "Roots in Stereo" which sets the tone for the album, guaranteed to contribute to the wear and tear of your speakers. Second track "Lights Out" switches to rock/rap, and also sounds great LOUD. Just when you thought you've heard it all, third track "If You Could See Me Now" is practically a ballad, just warming you up for the excellent first single "Goodbye for Now", easily the best song on the album.
The clever switching between music genres continues down the track list, other picks being "On the Grind"; "This Time"; "Let You Down"; and "Strength of My Life".
Amanda Richards, February 14, 2006
Those who discovered P.O.D. on "The Fundamental Elements Of Southtown" or "Satellite," rejoice. The old P.O.D. is back, but obviously sounding refreshed and a bit more updated. Gone are cheesy jock-rock anthems like "Boom" or "Rock The Party." "Testify" is home to some of the most mature and polished songs in the P.O.D. songbook. Songs like "This Time" and the first single, "Goodbye For Now" are classic melodic-rock from the group, and a perfect example of where this album takes them. "If You Could See Me Now" is another noteworthy track, it reminds me a lot of the title track from "Satellite," while "Sounds Like War" and "Lights Out" deliver the bottom-heavy rap-rock that helped P.O.D. rise above the competition before. Upcoming reggae star Matisyahu shows up on not one, but two tracks: "Strength Of My Life" and "Roots In Stereo" and shows off P.O.D.'s love for the genre, while putting their own mark on it.
"Testify" is easily one of P.O.D.'s strongest albums. In my opinion, it isn't perfect, but neither is any P.O.D. release. This may not be their ticket back to platinum status and MTV rotation, but "Testify" will definitely re-affirm a lot of fans' faith. The only person who could not like this album would be someone who never cared for the band in the first place. One last thing I can say is that Jason Truby has finally filled in the shows of Marcos. Marcos left a huge gap, but on this album, Jason fills it in. The bottom line is that P.O.D. are back, stronger than ever. It may be a gamble, seeing as their sound is one that is fading rapidly from the mainstream, but at the end of the day, "Testify" is just a good, honest effort.
Say Hello- Very RATM-esque. Not bad. 6/10
Strength of my life- Very much like "Set you eyes to Zion". Sounds great. 8/10
Teachers- Very much like Payable On Death. No rapping, great singing and guitar playing. Some of that classic Sonny scream. One of the Best. 8/10
Let you down- Haunting guitar melodies, bass line, and vocals. No rap (definitely a plus on this one) A smooth, brooding, and eclectic track. Nice riffing. I like it. 9/10
Mistakes and Glories- Could have fit in well on Satellite. Growing on me. Nice licks. Marcos who? 8/10
This Time- The regae influences on in the music and Sonny's singing is really starting to blend well. This song comes off a little more pop than anything preceding it, but it works... and I hate pop too. 7/10
On The Grind- The jury is out on this song. It sounds like P.O.D. playing back up to the guest singers... It's not terrible, but it really lacks any trademarks of P.O.D. except for Sonny's brief rap. 5/10
Sounds Like War- Agressive, yet melodic. Another one that would have fit in well on Satellite. 7/10
Goodbye for now- A lot like "Youth of the Nation". Not near the same lyrical intensity, but the music and general vibe of the song is so catchy I can't help but like it. If MTV has to oveplay something, this is a good choice. 8/10
If you could see me now- Eclectic, good singing. A lot like the best of Payable On Death. Just has a great vibe that Truby's style seems to have inspired. 7/10
Lights Out- I keep hearing Kid Rock... I know P.O.D. was one of the original bands to create this sound, but I guess I've just grown out of it... 6/10
Roots in Stero- Another Satellite-like track, with a touch of the Payable On Death Vibe. Good closer 8/10.
ROOTS IN STEREO - Good song with a good chorus. Matisyahu's part in the song is very good.
LIGHTS OUT - Not a big fan of the hip hop, but the song is o.k. Goes good with ESPN highlights.
IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW - Soft mellow song. Great chorus and a great song.
GOODBYE FOR NOW - 1st single. Good song. Everybody has heard this one.
SOUNDS LIKE WAR - Good catchy song, but I like the version called YA MAMA on the Warriors EP better. On this version the chorus is too high pitched.
ON THE GRIND - Hip Hop sound to it. Chorus is sang by some rapper. I want to hear P.O.D. not some rapper. Probably the worst song on the album.
THIS TIME - One of my favorite songs. Sonny sings his ass off in this song. Very very catchy chorus. Sonny says they would probably not play it live. That sucks. It sounds like it would be hard to sing live.
MISTAKES AND GLORIES - Heavy song. Good message. "If you don't stand for something, then you don't stand for nothing." The part that says "YOU WORK FOR US" is awesome.
LET YOU DOWN - A softer sounding song, but incredible all around. Its about suicide.
TEACHERS - Really heavy song with great singing.
STRENGTH OF MY LIFE - Great reggea sound with a great message. Sonny and Matisyahu are both great on this song. Matisyahu's lyrics are from scripture.
SAY HELLO - o.k song. Not one of their greatest.
MARK MY WORDS - Another hip hop sounding song. Its o.k.
In my opinion you should get the Limited Edition because the commentary is cool and the extra songs are great. Songs like GENERATION, BRIDGE TO BURN, EVERYTIME I DIE, and the exclusive Walmart download IN YOUR EYES should have been on the record instead of SAY HELLO and MARK MY WORDS.