Newsboys – In The Hands Of God

By Tyler H on July-28-2009 | Filed under Reviews | Share

Newsboys – In The Hands Of God
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2.8 (4 votes)

Artist: Newsboys
Album: In the Hands of God
Label: Inpop
Release Date:
Reviewed by: Tyler Hess

Tracklisting:

1. The Way We Roll
2. No Grave
3. This Is Your Life
4. Glorious
5. In The Hands Of God
6. The Upside
7. My Friend Jesus
8. Lead Me To The Cross
9. Dance
10. RSL 1984

Newsboys and I go way back.  We have one of those love/hate relationships, where I love to look back at how great they once were, while they hate living up to those lofty expectations.  They love to make radio friendly singles to relate to the masses of non music lovers, while I hate to accept that they didn’t actually break up in 2001 as the second greatest CCM band of all time (DC Talk‘s Jesus Freak will forever trump that market).  As the years go along, Newsboys become more and more everything they weren’t.  What musical talent they lacked in their early years, they made up for with attitude and lyrical wit.  Now they have come to acquire some talented musicians that make talented, bland music.  Not completely, mind you, In the Hands of God have some hints of their earlier work, but as the album goes along it is quite apparent that they are on the same path as bands like U2.  They are relying on their fame to live for a bigger cause, making “better” music that loses any kind of edge that makes them something special.  Every time they come up with a set of verses that give me some hope, its met with a chorus that could have come from a kid’s pop band to make soccer moms happy.  I just don’t feel like they are relating to the youth like they did 10-15 years ago, when they were writing songs like “Elle G”.  In the Hands of God borrows sounds from all the different Newsboys eras, but replaces the spice with clean radio pop rock.  There is a worship song, a Thrive sounding song, a Step Up to the Microphone sounding song, but they aren’t going to be writing any more songs that cause fans to throw cereal on stage and everything else.  Peter Furler is a better vocalist than he was when singing along side John James while drumming along, but his writing with SteveTaylor has gotten too mature, even for this guy who is getting way too close to 30 to pretend that he has any amount of coolness to him.

Overall: This might make me bop my head to the beat, but it won’t make me lay awake at night, listening, contemplating the songs, relating them to my life like I did over and over again in the late 90’s.

Newsboys - In The Hands Of God, 2.8 out of 5 based on 4 ratings

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15 Responses to 'Newsboys – In The Hands Of God'

  1. Cool dude says:

    hhaa IVM doesn’t care about Newsboys. personally, i find the singers voice annoying and not anything i wanna listen to.

  2. schlottermann says:

    At least I’ll always have Take Me To Your Leader. That’s the very first Christian album I ever bought.

  3. Brett says:

    so no score?

    and Take Me To Your Leader is an album every Christian music fan should own. it’s one of the few “White Album or Joshua Tree” albums of CCM music (including Jars of Clay’s self titled, and dcTalk’s Jesus Freak) that will always be a classic.

  4. Tyler.H says:

    crap i forgot…ill fix that

  5. Brandon says:

    I’d give this about the same score. lol. Maybe even lower. I’m not that much of a Newsboys fan but I think you guys already know that.

  6. _pole says:

    Take Me To Your Leader rocks. I stopped istening to Newsboys when they started the worship albums. Not anything against worship at all – I think “He Reigns” is okay, but it

  7. Mullet Man says:

    They were pretty good at Sonshine with Tait as the lead singer but they sang a bunch of dcTalk songs

  8. John Wayne says:

    Brett, do you think any Audio Adrenaline album is worth including in that list (cough, Bloom, cough)?

    Schlotterman, TMTYL was the second CD I personally bought, the first being Going Public, haha.

    Tyler H, I would probably give this around a 6/10. Some of the songs are really good in the verses but the choruses just don’t seem to match up (My Friend Jesus). It’s about as good as I expected it to be.

    Mullet Man, really they played dc Talk? How’d that sound?

    • Mullet Man says:

      John Wayne,

      It sounded pretty good. Honestly, he was better than TobyMac who played the night before. They both closed with Jesus Freak and they both played In the Light. Newsboys (Tait) versions were tons better than TobyMac.

  9. tyler h says:

    oh man, my friend jesus just ticked me off, the verses were great and the chorus was straight out of pureNRG…ugh

    i have bloom and its pretty legit, i saw them around the time it came out…when they were still good

    forget all this, we need a dc talk reunion yesterday!

  10. Brett says:

    Bloom would indeed be added to that list of CCM “must haves”. my favorite, though not as revolutionary, was Some Kind of Zombie, but i would still tell people to buy Bloom first cause it’s a classic.

  11. John Wayne says:

    Newsboys playing Jesus Freak? I don’t know, just don’t see how that could be good. Did Tait just sing all the parts, including TobyMac’s rap? Hmmm…

    I love the verses to My Friend Jesus. Very witty and reminiscent of the old days “The music they’re playing is the soundtrack of hell, you say two wrongs don’t make a right, just try listening to Celine Dion all night” You totally should have quoted that line in this review. Then we’re hit with that chorus.

    Brett, same opinion. I love Some Kind of Zombie, it’s my fave AA release, but Bloom is the CCM staple. Weird, I know, but there’s just something about Zombie.

    • Mullet Man says:

      Tait just sang the first verse and then the chorus. It was actually really good. TobyMac is more of a showman in my opinion versus and singer/artist. Toby puts on a high energy show but I don’t really care for his music.

    • Mullet Man says:

      Tait just sang the first verse and then the chorus to Jesus Freak. It was actually really good. TobyMac is more of a showman in my opinion versus and singer/artist. Toby puts on a high energy show but I don’t really care for his music.

  12. Tyler.H says:

    the celine dion reference totally reminded me of “spirit thing” from going public…oprah freaks and science seeks a rationale that can explain this odd behavior…but the chorus…so cheesy!!! ugh! i don’t generally quote lyrics in my reviews, not a big fan of that, it feels like filler to me.

    was some kind of zombie before or after bloom? i remember when they’d sing stuff like “if you’re happy and you know it band your head” and “its a big, big house, where we can play football!”…i stopped listening after bloom…i became a poor college kid and just listened to the radio for a good 7 years…then the ipod came along and i decided it was time to buy good stuff

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