Sunday, November 6, 2011
Newsboys: God's Not Dead Review
Newsboys have been planning another worship project ever since Michael Tait took over the role of lead singer back in 2009. And now, following the success of their runaway Born Again album, God’s Not Dead is a bold declaration that Jesus Christ is alive and changing lives each day! Tossing pop, rock, and worship into the melting pot, the Newsboys’ latest twelve-track album is complete with a few originals as well as some popular worship anthems.
Michael Tait’s soft vocals break the silence with “The King is Coming,” which soon builds into a track very much like what you would expect from the Newsboys. Speaking from Old Testament prophecies, we are encouraged to “open up the doors, our King is coming.” Clearly, the Newsboys know how to deliver powerful worship anthems. The title track quickly follows suite, bringing in guest vocal talent from Kevin Max. This Daniel Bashta worship track was covered surprisingly excellent from Newsboys, especially by the power that Michael Tail knows how to throw in when needed. However, besides his background vocals, you wouldn’t even notice Kevin Max if you didn’t know he was in this track, but he does have a role later in the album, with the closing track “I Am Second.”
“Your Love Never Fails” isn’t a track I would have expected Newsboys to do that great of a job covering, but it didn’t turn out bad by any means! In fact, the more fun twist added by the jumpy pop and the enthusiastic “ooohs” during the breaks combined well. “Here We Stand,” an upbeat cry for more of God and standing in awe of His presence and “Savior of the World” also follow, both declaring the majesty of God.
With a strong string intro, “Forever Reign” follows, at first sounding a bit weak, but building very quickly into the worship song we’ve come to know and love from Hillsong. Following, “More Than Enough” could totally be a Christmas track, speaking of the day when love was born, and celebrating the fact that Jesus is more than enough to meet all of our needs.
The beloved Gateway Worship anthem “Revelation Song” follows a bit stronger than the original, though in my opinion, wasn’t the best track on the album – certainly not bad, though. “Pouring it Out For You” is a steady track of surrender, exclaiming that we cannot get enough of God, after which comes “Mighty To Save,” the same track from Born Again. Personally, I thought that was a bit cheap, but it’s still a fantastic track, and probably the best rendition I’ve heard of that song yet. :)
With an acoustic beginning and a fun whistling intro, “All the Way” is easily one of the best tracks off God’s Not Dead, a track that uses a bit of repetition to declare a heartfelt desire for God to have complete control over our lives: “We’re going all the way/ we’re going to walk by faith/ giving You everything, everything, everything/ We going all the way!” Finally, the highly energetic “I Am Second,” my number one favorite off Newsboys’ latest worship album, again features Kevin Max, speaking of how “we are second to one,” Jesus Christ. Especially enjoyable from the chorus is the memorable line, “I’m second to One, He’s second to nothing.” After this, Kevin Max jumps in with his flexible vocals that make for a short 2/3 dcTalk reunion. “I Am Second” is a track that will have you playing the album all over again!
I didn’t really know if a worship project was the best move for Newsboys after shocking their fans with the announcement that Peter Furler was stepping down, and then delivering Born Again. But it turns out, it was! They mix the traditional Newsboys sounds with some extra strings and worship to make a superb worship project featuring many of your favorites!
Release date: November 15, 2011
1. The King is Coming
2. God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion)
3. Your Love Never Fails
4. Here We Stand
5. Savior of the World
6. Forever Reign
7. More Than Enough
8. Revelation Song
9. Pouring It Out For You
10. Mighty to Save
11. All the Way
12. I Am Second
Posted by Jay Wright