Newsboys - The Greatest Hits

Published Tuesday 27th May 2008
Newsboys - The Greatest Hits
Newsboys - The Greatest Hits

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 32972-13680
LABEL: Sparrow 5099950607129
RELEASE DATE: 2007-12-07
RRP: £13.00

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The difficulty when reviewing "best of" albums is that one is torn between simply reviewing the music on that particular compilation against considering the set in the light of previous compilations. Purely from a musical standpoint there is plenty of good stuff here with gems like "He Reigns" and "You Are My King (Amazing Love)" showing that the Aussie rockers' move into worship music was far more impressive than most CCM acts who jumped on the praise bandwagon while their older hits here, like "Shine", "Breakfast" and "Spirit Thing", still have the pop rock hooks and clever lyrics which made them such standouts on Christian radio. Also there is a new-to-CD track "I Fought The La", an amusing song about lyricists' writer's block. The downside for all this is that there have been several previous Newsboys compilations, tracks have been selected from only nine of the band's 16 albums and there is no attempt to offer fans an informative package with things like biography or rare photos. So let's give it seven squares and assume this will at least turn some new fans onto one of CCM's most enduring groups.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 20:46 on Oct 7 2013

7 years ago almost same time frame, we were given the first "hits" collection. Now after about 4 more releases we gain yet another "hits" collection. I love the songs from "Go" cd "Something Beautiful" & "Wherever We Go". 2 new songs are added, the first reminds me of an old song I heard by it's title, and many would agree "I Fought the La...".
"Million Pieces", "He Reigns", "Entertaining Angels",
"It Is You", "Shine" & "Reality" top the list of my favorites. This was my first listen to "In the Belly of the Whale", great song for ccm wtg guys.
Whereas the first "hits" contained 17 songs, this collection has 18. I missed not hearing "Where You Belong...." on this set. Filled with 1 hour 8 minutes of great Newsboys "now and then" style. God bless, Don

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