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Album Review

The Newsboys' ninth studio release is a conglomeration of rock, praise & worship, and power pop with more sharp hooks then a tackle box. The disc features a bevy of A-list studio vets. Christian pioneer Steve Taylor aided in lyrics and handled production. The release was mixed by Tom Lord-Alge (Collective Soul, blink-182, Dave Matthews Band) and mastering was done by Bob Ludwig of Bowie and Creed fame. Thrive is testimony to a band that has been Christian stalwarts for over ten years. Cuts like "Million Pieces" and "Thrive" are typical of the Top 40 gems that vocalist Peter Furler has written over the years. Each cut offers lyrical adoration and musical production that excels. As a band the Newsboys seemed to have matured over their past few releases. Musically the individual members fill their niches quite nicely, evidenced by cuts like the melancholy "It Is You." A Newsboys disc wouldn't be complete without straightforward rockers and tongue-in-cheek lyrical expressions, and "Cornelius" and "Lord (I Don't Know)" serve both counts. Thrive is a disc that utilizes the talents of some of the industry's best that is mixed with serviceable songs and significant performances that truly sparkle in substance and sound.

Customer Reviews

Legendary band

With peter furler it was original and good music that no other band has. Original lyrics, newsboys at its finest

3 of 4!

If you don’t understand the title, it means that this is the 3rd out of 4th Newsboys album that I still love and listen to today. This is Newsboys’ magnum opus. This is their most original, fun, and overall amazing album. No other Newsboys album can top this one. Every time I listen to this album I feel happy. Buy and listen to the most amazing experience of your life!
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Formed: 1985 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the more media-exposed Christian rock bands of the '90s, Newsboys formed in the late '80s around a core of John James, Peter Furler, and Philip Urry. Though early in its career the band was panned for a perceived over-reliance on religious clichés in its lyrics, Newsboys later grasped secular music's alternative revolution in the early '90s for an image makeover, with good results. The group gained six number one singles on the Christian charts, and has been featured in more secular media...
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Thrive, Newsboys
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Christian & Gospel, Music, Gospel, CCM, Rock
  • Released: Mar 14, 2002

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