This album cover has the inevitable laundry detergent motif to it: "new improved PETRA" across the top, "Washes Whiter Than" across the bottom, and an old-timey washbasin with ringer attached in the middle in a circle, soap bubbles and all. The "side" of the "box" contains the names of the songs, and then the statement "The Active Cleansing Agent In This Product Is The Good News Of Jesus Christ, Which `Washes Whiter Than'..." and in a throwback to the now somewhat ancient days of record albums, the bottom of the box side says "33 1/3 RPM". On the back cover the word "PETRA" appears again centered, and at the top of the picture is a quote of Malachi 3:2, Living Bible: "But who can live when He appears? Who can endure His coming? For He is like a blazing fire refining precious metal and He can bleach the dirtiest garment."
Apparently the guys were tired of making albums that were considered "unacceptable" by the mainstream Christian listening public... this one is by far less rocky than the earlier efforts, a little more of a "pop" record. The songs are still terrific, though, from the beautiful "Why Should The Father Bother?" and "Yahweh Love" to the (relative) rockers "Morning Star" and "Magic Words" to the reverent "Deep Love". "Why Should The Father Bother?" was their first radio hit: "Why should the Father bother to call us His children? Why should the Spirit hear it when we pray? Why should the Father bother to be concerned with all our needs? It's all because of what the Son has done." This one probably won't blast your ears off with sheer power, but it will uplift you and encourage you, and the ballads on this one are among Petra's prettiest.
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