Conspiracy No. 5


Conspiracy No. 5
Conspiracy No. 5
Studio album by Third Day
Released August 26, 1997
Genre Grunge
Length 57:18
Label Reunion Records
Producer Sam Taylor
Third Day chronology
Third Day
(1996)
Conspiracy No. 5
(1997)
Time
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout 5/5 stars[2]

Conspiracy No. 5 is the second studio album of the Christian Rock band Third Day. It was released on August 26, 1997 on Reunion Records.

Contents

Overview

In the winter of 1997, Third Day went into the studio for its first real recording, Conspiracy No.5. They were anxious to show the world how much they had improved since their first record which was compiled over the band's first few years together.

Third Day worked with producer, Sam Taylor who had worked on many of Kings X's records. Sam really challenged Third Day to stretch individually on their instruments thus, making Conspiracy No. 5 as their most aggressive album to date. It is a departure from their original rootsy Southern Rock style to a heavier, edgier Grunge style. Grunge is generally characterized by a sludgy guitar sound that uses a high level of distortion, fuzz and feedback effects which you can hear in this album.

Many people compare their first album to the music of Hootie & The Blowfish, this second release is often compared to the early 90's music of Pearl Jam.

Album Title

When asked about the album's title, their members come to several definitions about it. Mark Lee said "We named the album Conspiracy No. 5 because we were really into "conspiracy theories" which were swirling around at the time in the wake of the JFK movie. They also found the use of the number five compelling for several reasons: the 5 members of the band, and it was their fifth project including their independent releases.

However, the most spread out story behind the title comes also from Lee, who came across a definition of the word "conspiracy" on the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, 2nd unabridged edition. He said that "the 5th definition read basically that a conspiracy was when two more people worked together for a common cause. We found the definition a compelling parallel to what we did in the band. We also saw our touring as a chance to conspire with our fans for the common beliefs of our faith."[3]

Outtakes

There were two outtakes on the list of songs included on this album, "Let Me Be The One" and "You Are Not Alone". The song "You Are Not Alone" appears on the "Alien Single.

On the list the song "Peace" was formerly called "Peace Like A River", the song "I Deserve" was formerly called "More Than I Deserve", the song "Your Love Endures" was formerly called "Your Love Endures Forever".

Accolades

Conspiracy No. 5 was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album of the Year.

Third Day won the 1998 Dove Awards for Rock Song of the Year for their song "Alien" and Rock Album of the Year for Conspiracy No. 5.

Track Listing

  1. "Peace" - 3:29
  2. "You Make Me Mad" - 4:01
  3. "How's Your Head" - 3:46
  4. "Alien" - 4:33
  5. "I Deserve?" - 5:20
  6. "Have Mercy" - 2:56
  7. "My Hope Is You" - 4:20
  8. "More To This" - 4:13
  9. "This Song Was Meant For You" - 4:21
  10. "Who I Am" - 3:55
  11. "Give Me A Reason" - 3:40
  12. "Gomer's Theme" - 5:05
  13. "Your Love Endures" - 7:39

Hidden Track

A reprise of the song "Who I Am" appears as a hidden track in the song "Your Love Endures". The hidden track is the heaviest track in the album and shows a lot of the Grunge influence of the album.

Credits

  • Third Day - Main Performer
  • Sam Taylor - Organ, Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Mixing, Producer, Guitar (Acoustic)
  • Jack Joseph Puig - Mixing
  • Dave Collins - Mastering
  • Steve Ames - Engineer
  • John Briglevich - Assistant Engineer
  • James Majors - Assistant Engineer
  • Ray Dillard - Percussion
  • Riki Michele - Vocals
  • Diana Lussenden - Art Direction, Design
  • James Bland - Photography
  • Max Dyer - Cello

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  3. ^ Third Day. "Third Day Timeline 1997". http://www.thirdday.com/timeline/97.htm. 



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