Payable on Death

San Diego foursome P.O.D. has gained chart action with "Will You," the lead single from its third album, "Payable on Death.

San Diego foursome P.O.D. has gained chart action with "Will You," the lead single from its third album, "Payable on Death." While the song is trademark P.O.D., and labels want to play it safe at radio, the tune is hardly groundbreaking. Neither are "Change the World" and "Waiting on Today." So, "Execute the Sounds" is what should go to radio next. The vocal phrasing, melody and lyrics of this far catchier song demonstrate the strong reggae thread that binds the album, which is most prominent on "Freedom Fighters" and "Revolution." The layered vocals and anthemic build of "Find My Way" guarantee an awesome concert moment. "Eternal" closes the album with a soothing fusion rock journey; an acoustic guitar and the muted flutters of an electric guitar are the guides. Such new directions could bring new fans to the fold, while older ones will still think their money was well spent.—CLT