STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 153824-22728 LABEL: Inpop 612058638014 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2014-11-17 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Many CCM artists down the years have recorded ancient hymns but few have done it as well as the Newsboys, their rendition of "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" on their 1992 album 'Not Ashamed' being a particular favourite. But not until now have they recorded an entire album of hymns, all from yesteryear with the exception of the title track though one or two have original bits or whole verses added - like "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" which is embellished with a catchy Peter Furler and Steve Taylor original "Where You Belong". The deft mix of rock guitars, synth riffs, punchy drum patterns and Michael Tate's pop-cum-rock voice which is just right for these arrangements. The contemporary embellishments are well chosen with the synth stabs on Converse and Scrivens' "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" working particularly well. Then there is the vocal refrain grafted on to Francis of Assissi's "All Creatures Of Our God And King" and Tate's addition of "You are holy, holy, holy" to Reginald Heber and John B Dykes' stately hymn both adding something fresh. The album closes with Perronet and Holden's "All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name" which, surprise, surprise, is sung acapella with Tate presumably singing all the intricate vocal parts. Overall, the Newsboys have done the youthful Church a considerable service in bringing a set of timeless songs to their attention.
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For the first time in their 29-year history Newsboys have recorded an album entirely comprising hymns that will be familiar to all, but arranged in their own unique style. With the unmistakeable vocals of former DC Talk front man Michael Tait, this new album is sure to appeal to both regular Newsboys fans and those who love hymns with a fresh treatment.