Album Review: Newsboys ‘Gods Not Dead’

Newsboys - 'God's Not Dead'

I love covers of songs, I like hearing how someone else other than the songwriter interprets a song… I have most recently become fond of cover song of worship or church music… why? Well it started off because a lot of the churches I have been involved in didn’t have 3 guitarists like groups like Hillsong or Planetshakers, and lots of church didn’t have guys with a vocal range like Chris Tomlin and some of them were coming so technically hard it made it hard for church bands to play… so I started to look at new versions of old or harder to play songs…

So with this in mind I was excited to hear that Newboys were releasing an album of worship songs.

Now this album of worship songs had been in the pipeline for a while… even before the addition of new front-man Michael Tait and even before the release of last years album ‘Born Again’. This is the first album since 2003’s Adoration, and 2004’s Devotion to be solidly worship songs.

The album starts of with ‘The King is coming’ and it’s very clear from the start that this is going to be a pop/rock album which is refreshing with the range of Hillsong United want to be/sound alike bands out in the Christian market place at the moment… it’s actually refreshing to hear pop-rock worship songs.

This album is like a who’s who of church Anthems… The jewel in this albums crown is the first single featuring Kevin Max of DC talk fame ‘God’s Not Dead
(Like a Lion)’ the Daniel Bashta hit song that has already had the David Crowder Band treatment to it for the Passion album ‘Awakening’ and hearing the Newsboys version of it takes it up a notch… in fact the further through this album you go the more you realise how BIG some of these choruses really are…

This album is like the greatest hits of BIG choruses… Mighty to Save by Hillsong, Savior of the World by Ben Cantelon and Revelation song made famous by Kari Jobe and more recently Jesus Culture… these are all church songs with BIG strong choruses,  proclaiming God’s mighty power, love and grace.

Something I would have loved on this album is more softer songs, songs that really draw you in… as much as I love the BIG songs they all start to get lost within each other… all of them individually are great songs, however on an album together they all seem a bit smaller next to the next song…

For me, the highlight of the album is ‘I am Second’ a song that sits differently to the other song, and rocks with a little more swagger as  Kevin Max makes a grand appearance singing with his old DC talk off-sider Michael Tait… (ahhh the memories) – the song sets a great platform for the www.iamsecond.com movement that inspires others from all works of life to live for God and live for others.

If you’re looking for an album of large church anthems that will fill any hall… this is the album you are looking for… if you’re looking for an album full of variety… maybe not so much.

 

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8 thoughts on “Album Review: Newsboys ‘Gods Not Dead’

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    • I agree… the thing that made Born Again so good is the variety of the songs and the song writing… G.N.D. just doesn’t have the same song quality or the arrangements to give it a varied feel… it’s just one BIG chorus after another.

      • Good point on the arrangements. They even had a big marketing push for the album online… I’m amazed that didn’t really translate into sales. But, you can’t disguise an album that isn’t too great.
        Hopefully their next one will be better – and have songs actually written by them.

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