Overview With over 5 million album sales, 19 #1 radio singles, 4 Grammy nominations, and one of Christian music's most captivating live shows, newsboys return this fall with their new studio album devotion. Following the acclaim of the RIAA Gold-certified, Adoration: The Worship Album - the fastest selling record of their career, devotion picks up where Adoration ended, continuing the worship experience with songs including "Presence", "Strong Tower", and more. On devotion, newsboys embrace the congregational and community aspects of worship, and enlisted a true community of artists to help create the album - with guest appearances and collaborations with Rebecca St. James, Tim Hughes, Delirious' Stu G. and more
TRACK LISTING 01. Devotion 02. I Love Your Ways 03. Presence (My Heart's Desire) 04. Strong Tower 05. God Of All Nations 06. Blessed Be Your Name 07. The Orphan 08. Landslide Of Love 09. Name Above All Names 10. When The Tears Fall
Record Label Sparrow
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Nov 2, 2004
Publisher CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
ISBN 2901002560 EAN 9782901002567 UPC 724359554709
This is one of the best CDs they've made. It's got the best songs. Anbody would love it!
sing-able Dec 20, 2006
A Newsboys worship album is not a Picasso. It is not abstract and perplexing. Music lovers who want profound mystery and enigmatic musical arrangements need look elsewhere.
An album like DEVOTION is first of all intended to be *singable* if it is to provide words and a voice to Christian worshippers. From this angle, the Newsboys and DEVOTION excel.
The title track expresses a familiar biblical sentiment to which the apostle Paul might have happily given assent:
all my world all I've lost the wrecks I've made here the lives it cost Your hand restores Your works make whole with all my soul I thank You I owe You all my
CHORUS: devotion all that I have to give here's my devotion You're all that it means to live
Those who hanker after hymns will not get much satisfaction here. But if they linger long enough to absorb the lyrics in spite of a preference for a different musical dynamic, they might well come away feeling that these Aussies have captured, recorded, and - most importantly - passed on a medium of worship that in its own way discovers an ancient and faithful word and sings it out loud in service of the neighbor.
That at least is the perception of this appreciative reviewer who has perhaps been more palpably stirred by other Newsboys albums but who finds in DEVOTION grist for a communal exaltation of the Creator and Redeemer.
'I Love Your Ways' is practically Psalmic in its insistence that the Lord's *ways* are - may one say it in this way? - adore-able?
The same can be said of 'Strong Tower', an eminently replicable tune. Clearly, the boys have had their Hebrew Bible off the shelf:
strong and mighty strong to save us like a fortress never failing
strong in battle strong in kindness when we stray, Lord You're strong to find us
when the winds come hard against us You are steadfast, You are true when the ground beneath us trembles Your foundation never moves
CHORUS strong tower high and glorious strong tower mighty in love our refuge our defender strong tower Lord above
strong to lead us through the shadows strong to carry all our sorrows
when the enemy surrounds us closing in as darkness falls though his armies rage against us they can never scale these walls
Nor do DEVOTION's lyrics fail what one might call the 'centrifugal test'. Both 'God of All Nations' - with raucous delight - and 'Blessed Be Your Name' - more contemplatively, focus worship horizontally on the ethnic horizons of biblical faith and vertically, on the blessing of the Lord that is not dependent on personal prosperity or well-being. 'You give and take away // Still I will say ...' is, after all, a decidedly theological reflex.
Not bad twenty-first hymnology, if you ask me.
Not complex. Not enigmatic. Just intelligent praise your mind can embrace and your voice can sing.
Good, But Predictable Feb 19, 2006
The Newsboys release another worship cd(yawn). While "Adoration" was an interesting and well done cd, "Devotion" continues that trend without adding anything new, exciting, or different. I guess if something works, you stick with it but this cd just kinda left me wishing for more. There are some gems on this cd but nothing can top the simplicity or impact that made "It is You" so powerful. Particularly forgettable is their version of "Blessed Be Your Name", which is a shame because they really do a great version of this in concert. This is a talented band who really can "Shine" when they want to. If you're a new fan, check out "Thrive" which I consider to be a true highlight of their remarkable career and fervent ministry.
Unbelievable Jan 1, 2006
Why is it that Christian music is (on average) about 5 or 6 years behind secular mainstream? I mean, it's like they know that since they're a Christian band, it's supposed to be dulled down to make sure it doesn't offend and to ensure a spot on KLove? It's because of these reasons that I gave up on Christian music for a few years. Until now.
"Devotion" has taken that and thrown the theory out the window. This praise and worship (yes, both) album is unbelievable. This is one of those albums you can sing along with at the top of your lungs and feel great about because you're praising God at the same time! Remember that annointing on "Let it Rain" off of MWSmith's first "Worship" album? It's all over this one. So so so good! Buy it! BUY IT!
Nearly as good as Adoration--a very good worship album Sep 15, 2005
Peter Furler and Company have followed up their excellent worship album Adoration with a second worship collection titled Devotion. I loved Adoration, and Devotion is nearly as good. Furler has turned it up a notch this time, as Devotion is a bit rockier than its predecessor. My favorite tracks include "Blessed Be Your Name" (on which Furler duets with Rebecca St. James), Presence (Heart's Desire) and "When The Tears Fall." I also like the title track as well as "Name Above All Names," "I Love Your Ways," "Landslide of Love" and "Strong Tower." While I like Adoration best, Devotion is also very good, and these are two of the best worship albums to come out in recent years.