Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Christian
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Aileen R. (aileen) from N HOLLYWOOD, CA
Reviewed on 8/15/2008...
I bought Not Ashamed for my kids actually, but I previewed some of their songs before doing so. I am not really a fan of CCM, I find most of it derivative and uninspiring. With the exception of some of the 70s, early 80s artists (Randy Stonehill, Larry Norman, Keith Green, DeGarmo & Key, e.g.), Christian artists are quite homogenous, as if style was an affront to the Almighty. I understand this thinking, however, I think it is somewhat misled.
The Newsboys impressed me, though, with a unique style that tends toward formulaic at times, but still fulfills its purpose to proclaim the Message in a trendy, up-pop, almost dance-groove way. It is a true alternative to the whispery-soft singers of Christian radio.
Listening to Not Ashamed, I can get whiffs of the 80s British synth invasion ala New Order, maybe even a little Cure. But their sound isn't dated, just influenced. Lyrically speaking, I think they are good - not excellent; these aren't lyrics that will grab you and poetically explode in your mind. They aren't horrible or milquetoast either, at least when I can hear them. Enunciation or clarity seem to be lacking at times.
I recommend this CD to anyone who wonders where the good contemporary Christian music has gone.
-Jeff Howe (Amazon.com)
Karla C. (KarlaC) from FRANKLIN, OH
Reviewed on 1/6/2007...
Newsboys' upbeat sound and positive words are sure to lift your day!
The disc includes the popular favorite "I'm Not Ashamed," and many other songs that will soon be your favorites also!
Darcy K. (Darcyjo) from ROXBORO, NC
Reviewed on 10/20/2006...
The seminal CCM band from Oz....this was their first release in the US, and shows you why they became the powerhouse that they did. Rock on, Newsies!