NEWSBOYS : Hallelujah for the Cross. (First Company : 205863801)
“For as long as we can recall, we have loved the very essence of hymns,” say Newsboys. “To this day, the hymns of old still move us like nothing else, and having the opportunity to bring focus back to them today in a modern style, we hope they shall never die.” So, what you get with this album, is the band playing old hymns in Newsboys style. Guitars, keyboards, and synths are at the forefront of most tracks, but they fail to raise much excitement to the listener. “All Creatures of Our God and King” sounds exactly how you’d expect it to sound, performed by the Newsboys. There’s no surprises, and the band sound like they’re just going through the motions of recording. There’s a choppy pop sound to “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” but it’s the title track that raises the bar a little. Some great harmonies and thoughtful production gives the song an edge that most of the others just don’t possess. “Holy, Holy, Holy” is quite good but hymns like “I Surrender All” and “What a Friend We Have In Jesus” become quite monotonous. Basically, avid fans of Newsboys will welcome this addition to their collection but, for me, it’s a very disappointing release. 4/10.