Newsboys, God's Not Dead

By Lindsay Williams | contributing writer,
Posted: Mon, 11/14/2011 - 18:21

God's Not Dead

God's Not Dead

Artist: Newsboys

The new iteration of newsboys—comprised of front man and former dc Talk singer Michael Tait, Jeff Frankenstein (keys), Duncan Phillips (drums), and Jody Davis (guitars)—is red hot, cranking out radio hit after radio hit and releasing unprecedented amounts of new music into the marketplace. God’s Not Dead is the next installment of the current evolution of newsboys. The band’s first full-length worship album since 2004, the project combines all the things newsboys has become known for over the years sans an Aussie front man: tight, energetic pop/rock melodies, electronic elements and worshipful nuances.

From the onset, no matter what the line-up has looked like, newsboys has always been clear about desiring to be a band that clearly communicates the gospel through their music, and God’s Not Dead does this mantra justice with vertical lyrics made believable and anthemic through strong, clear vocals courtesy of Tait. From the first unmistakable declaration of truth on original offering and opening track “The King Is Coming,” the newsboys stir energy through a collection of frenetic, joyful worship anthems.

The selections are hand-picked from some of today’s best modern worship songs and given the full-court newsboys treatment. “Revelation Song,” “Mighty to Save” and “More Than Enough” are sure to provide powerful sing-along moments during concerts, sliding perfectly between classics during live sets such as “He Reigns” and “In The Hands of God.” Their spirited takes on “Here We Stand” and “Forever Reign” are full of fist-pumping fun that will surely have youth groups jumping up and down at future shows.

Tait’s former dc Talk partner in crime Kevin Max makes an appearance on the rousing title track, written by Daniel Bashta. The rollicking waves of sound make this a stand-out cut. Max also contributes to closing track “I Am Second,” an original and a highlight. The lyrics stem from the band’s involvement in the I Am Second campaign and make a loud, defiant statement: “I am second to One/Redeemer, The Way, The Light /I am Second to One /And He is Second to None.”

Once again produced by Me In Motion’s Seth Mosley, God’s Not Dead is a bold declaration of faith with a strong pop undercurrent that fits in solidly within the newsboys’ discography. While the greatest surprise may be Max’s cameos, the newsboys show that despite chaotic line-up shakeups in recent years, they are still in the game fully committed to working hard and creating music that’s dependable and consistent.

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