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|Released||January 24, 2006|
|Recorded||December 2004 - July 2005|
|Producer||Glen Ballard, P.O.D.|
|P.O.D. studio album chronology|
Limited Edition cover
|Singles from Testify|
Testify is the sixth studio album by American Christian rock band P.O.D.. It was originally set for a December 2005 release but finally slated for January 24, 2006 by Atlantic Records. This is P.O.D.'s first major-label album not produced by Howard Benson. It was also their last album with Jason Truby on guitar, before he left the band in December 2006.
This album was also available in the Testify (Limited Edition) version with a bonus CD (called Beyond Testify) featuring commentary by the band on every song on the album, as well as four bonus songs and a remix that didn't make the album. The album's first single, "Goodbye for Now," went on to become the No. 1 music video on MTV's TRL and became P.O.D.'s unprecedented 4th No. 1 video. The song also enjoyed heavy play on the radio. Testify became the No. 1 selling Christian album on Billboard for several weeks and, as of May 2006, had been in the Top 25 for a total of 16 weeks. It opened at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 with 58,000 scans and has sold over 210,000 copies in the US and over 500,000 copies worldwide.
Bassist Traa Daniels stated "This album defines who we are musically as a foursome more than any other album that we've ever done." He added, "What we tried to do on this album. . . was to take people on a journey musically. . . I think we have a lot of different elements." Sonny Sandoval also noted, "We have one of the heaviest songs we ever wrote and one of the softest songs we ever wrote."
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Upon release, Testify was met with mixed reception from major music publications. On an aggregate score out of 100, Metacritic gave it 55 based on 11 reviews. Jason Bracelin of Blender gave the album two stars out of five and proclaimed, "On their fifth disc, these 'jah soldiers' run low on ammo" and elaborated that "on the ska-tinged 'Strength of My Life,' they sound like the world's most polite rude boys, while 'Goodbye for Now' is the kind of listless modern rock that could be bottled and sold as a sleep aid."Rolling Stones Christian Hoard similarly noted "Testify is not as pompous or overblown as you might think; it just feels tired. . . The most notable aspect of Testify, in fact, is how little P.O.D., or their guitars, have to say."
AllMusic's Matt Collar, however, gave the album 4/5 rating and considered guitarist Jason Truby's work a "truly inspired and technically brilliant performance." He also commended Sandoval's enthusiastic vocals regarded the album as representing "a band reborn".
All tracks written by P.O.D., except where noted.
|1.||"Roots in Stereo" (featuring Matisyahu)||4:42|
|3.||"If You Could See Me Now"||3:07|
|4.||"Goodbye for Now"||4:34|
|5.||"Sounds Like War"||3:53|
|6.||"On the Grind" (featuring Sick Jacken and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.)||4:25|
|8.||"Mistakes & Glories"||3:38|
|9.||"Let You Down"||4:15|
|11.||"Strength of My Life" (featuring Matisyahu)||3:37|
|13.||"Mark My Words" (featuring Sick Jacken)||3:43|
|14.||"Not Your Kind" (Japan bonus track)||2:37|
|15.||"Your Eyes" (Walmart exclusive bonus track)||4:23|
|1.||"Here We Go" (Previously unreleased but was put on Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years)||3:28|
Beyond Testify is also a limited edition second disc that features exclusive web content, commentaries for all the songs, and the following bonus tracks:
|2.||"Bridge to Burn" (previously unreleased B-side from the Payable on Death sessions)||4:26|
|3.||"Will You" (Chris Vrenna Remix)||3:54|
|4.||"Every Time I Die" (demo)||3:31|
|5.||"New Wave" (demo of "Let You Down")||3:39|