Newsboys - Take Me To Your Leader

Monday 1st April 1996
Newsboys - Take Me To Your Leader
Newsboys - Take Me To Your Leader

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: StarSong SSD0075
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

'Not Ashamed' made us sit up and pay attention, 'Going Public' convinced us that here was a MAJOR CCM band and now Take Me To Your Leader' proclaims it to the world, the Newsboys are today one of the finest pop rock bands in the world. Honing and refining their particular brand of snappy, socking music often built on Jody Davis' grungy guitar riffs and the solid, layered keyboards of Jeff Frankenstein, it's the infectiousness of those hooks and those witty and insightful lyrics courtesy of production wiz Steve Taylor which bring it all together. With so many solid rock grooves the listener is soon dancing round the room before the lyrics reach out and grab you. What about "And would I wash my hands again?/Would I deny my Saviour when he hung inside the public square?" Or how about "This bitterness you hide/It seeps into your soul/And it steals your joy/Til it's all you know..." But of course it's their surreal imagery to make their spiritual points which sets the Newsboys apart. What about their swipe at the compromise inherent in crossover on "God Is Not A Secret": "I've heard that positive pop you dig/I'd rather be buried in wet concrete". Or "Reality", where the tale of the Prodigal Son gets updated with the son working in a circus asking his folks to send money. After tiring of "shovelling elephant dung" the prodigal learns that "It's His reality that welcomes us back." An album brimming over with good songs, you'll be playing this for ages.

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1. God Is Not A Secret [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 03:24 on Oct 2 2010

I have this cd among my huge ccm collection; plus other cd's by the group. The first song that I heard on ccm airwaves from this cd was "Reality"; great song, immediate connection! Another song that I really like is "Breakfast"; saw them sing this song in concert; top notch performance!! I also like the song "Breathe"; I also have title song "Take me to Your Leader" on video. The opening song "GOD is Not a Secret" is a notable song as well on the cd.
GOD Bless! -Don

Posted by Steve Siney in Plymouth, United Kingdom @ 17:03 on May 26 2009

Couldn't agree more. Probably the catchiest Christian pop album... ever! Just check out BREAKFAST. Also great to hear Steve Taylor's lyrics being put to full effect.

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