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Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Christian & Gospel
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Continuing in the same stylistic vein of their previous Adoration release, the Newsboys lift up yet more praise and worship in Devotion. It might be the band's most pared down effort to date, as many of the tracks are noth...  more »


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All Artists: Newsboys
Title: Devotion
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Sparrow
Release Date: 11/2/2004
Album Type: Enhanced
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Christian & Gospel
Styles: Comedy & Spoken Word, Pop & Contemporary, Rock & Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724359554709, 724359554754

Continuing in the same stylistic vein of their previous Adoration release, the Newsboys lift up yet more praise and worship in Devotion. It might be the band's most pared down effort to date, as many of the tracks are nothing more than simple four-bar rock. But while some may fret over this, no worries. Frontman Peter Furler co-wrote many of the tracks with famed songwriter-producer Steve Taylor and well-known worship leader Tim Hughes. The result is beautifully simplistic songs that focus strongly on lyrical content like the dynamic dedication of "Devotion" and "I Love Your Ways" and deep and thoughtful "The Orphan" and "Landslide of Love." For highlights there's even a guest vocal effort from fellow Aussie Rebecca St. James on "Blessed Be Your Name" and fans can't escape the radio-friendly "Presence (My Heart's Desire). Altogether, Bryan Oleson and Furler's guitars along with the driving bass lines of Phil Joel have never sounded more like U2 circa Joshua Tree. But there is enough ingenuity and Newsboys pop sensibility to escape any critical cry of plagiarism. Sixteen years running, Newsboys continue to reinvent themselves in a fresh and delightful way, never forgetting the passion that stirs their souls. --Michael Lyttle

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Another great Newsboys album
Sparkles | USA | 12/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We've listened to Newsboys for years, and when they made their first worship album we were a little disappointed by the change in tone from the usual sense of humor we were used to. But I have to admit, Adoration grew on me (it didn't hurt that my nine-year-old listens to it constantly), and we were not disappointed with Devotion at all. I heard them do the title cut live, and I preferred it over the recorded version, but it's still good. They are a great live band, anyway. I hope they haven't completely abandoned their former style, but I like their worship music as well.

I have to confess to being a little perplexed at how someone could purchase this CD without knowing it is a worship CD unless they didn't look at it at all prior to purchasing it. Newsboys have never tried to hide the fact that they are a Christian group, and, while not all of them are, several of the song titles should be pretty obvious."
George | Morgantown, WV USA | 12/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Newsboys, you guys rock!! People who live and worship Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, will love this album. Thats what Newsboys are all about. I can't understand how some people can call themselves true fans of Newsboys and at the same time say they are disappointed that the boys came with another worship album. NEWSBOYS ARE A CHRISTIAN BAND!! Its total hypocrisy to say that the band should stick to making albums like Going Public and Take Me To Your Leader just coz those weren't straight forward Worship Albums. Newsboys do what they do best for Christ whether they make a worship album or not. SO KEEP ROCKIN NEWSBOYS...KEEP FOLLOWIN YOUR HEART COZ YOU GUYS ARE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT!! GOD BLESS YOU GUYS ALWAYS!! JESUS RULES!!

George from West Virginia, USA."
Nice follow-up to Adoration
D. Keating | Bristow, VA United States | 06/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I am a more recent Newsboys fan, so I will not pretend to be able to compare this album with all their previous work. But, Devotion is a nice follow-on to the last album, Adoration. It is not quite as strong in my opinion, but it does have some really good worship songs.

Overall, I think the Newsboys are a strong modern worship band, and they have created some great songs on previous albums. As far as this disk does, my favorite song on the whole album is "Orphan" which I think has a really different sound, and I also like "Devotion", "I Love Your Ways", and "Presence".

Although some may disagree I really do not like their version of "Blessed be your name". I think it pales in comparison to the original, or the version put out by Tree63. I literally hit the skip button everytime this song comes up. I hate to hear a great song ruined.

Having said that, I still recommend this album to any Newsboys fans, or anyone looking for some quality modern worship music."