Newsboys - Shine: The Hits

Thursday 1st February 2001
Newsboys - Shine: The Hits
Newsboys - Shine: The Hits

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Sparrow SPD1787
RRP: £1.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

For the Newsboys, it's been quite a ride. From nothing special Australian pop band to one of America's most successful CCM bands in the space of a decade. Along the way the line up has changed a little and the music become more accomplished but the band are renowned for their ability to create memorable sounds. The creative peak saw John James on vocals and Steve Taylor penning the lyrics with classics like "Take Me To Your Leader", "Shine" and "Breakfast" becoming highpoints in their live set. This album collects together the best of the albums recorded prior to their disco diversion 'Lovelibertydisco' and their jaunt across America performing in an inflatable venue! There's a fresh version of "God Is Not A Secret" featuring dc Talk's TobyMac doing some rapping and then there's a smattering of new songs thrown into the pile though these sound like leftovers from previous sessions rather than new material that is worthy of greatest hits status. I guess for fans, they act as a lure to persuade the purchase of a best of when you already have most of the material. The megamix of Newsboys tracks at the end of the album is a little clumsy but even so, nothing can diminish the wealth of great music that the band have produced.

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Sample Track Listing:
8. Praises [Listen]
12. God Is Not A Secret [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 16:17 on May 29 2010

This cd was on my Christmas list; yes I got it! I still recall its release in November 2000, among my huge ccm collection of vinyl and cd the following month. I luv the new song "Praises" and "Joy", there are other new songs as well. This is a great collection of their well known songs like "I'm not Ashamed", "Shine", "Reality", "Where you Belong/Turn your eyes upon JESUS", and who could forget the 1998 release of the song "Entertaining Angels": I luv the video concept for "Entertaining Angels". It's good to see more songs about Angels; 15 years earlier, the most popular song in ccm was "Angels" by Amy Grant. "Spirit Thing" and "Believe" are also among my favorites. I have just about everything on cd, that this group recorded; great stuff! I luv the 2003 video for "He Reigns"; who can sit still !Great song! You gotta buy this cd, if you do not have it! GOD Bless! - Don

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