With five gold albums, sales exceeding six million units, more than 20 No.1 radio hits, and a mantle of Dove Awards as well as Grammy nominations, newsboys has achieved phenomenal success in its two decades together. Known for its amazing live performances and groundbreaking tours, the band continues to sell out festivals and concerts worldwide, satisfying diehard fans and winning new ones in the process. newsboys' fourteenth record, In The Hands Of God, hit stores May 5, 2009, boasting the classic newsboys pop-rock sound that has made the band's music legendary among Christian music fans. In The Hands Of God features 10 hit songs, including "No Grave," "My Friend Jesus" and "Glorious," as well as the title track and debut single, with 60+ adds the first 2 weeks and already at #19 AC monitored and #15 AC Indicatorand debut single, going for adds January 23 at AC and CHR radio. For more information, visit www.newsboys.com.
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Peter Furler ends career with Newsboys with one final CD| Posted November 17, 2010
After great publicity from their previous album Go, Newsboys return with another album, In The Hands of God. This album is special for a couple reasons.
1. Jody Davis is back with the band as lead guitarist in place of Paul Colman, who left the band in late 2008.
2. This is the last album with Peter Furler as lead vocalist with the band.
Peter's decision to leave Newsboys came as a shock to everyone. No one was expecting it and had all been excited about the upcoming album before recieving the news in March 2009. Peter's reason for leaving the band was family. As he says "Everything in my life was falling apart." His marriage was straining and he was falling from the Word. Driving around in a bus all the time, he had ceased going to church and instead listened to audio sermons on Sunday mornings. He decided to stop touring and focus more on his family and God.
I was one of the very shocked people when I heard the news about Peter leaving the band. I immediately pre-bought In The Hands of God and couldn't wait for its release date! Finally it came, and after listening to just the first song, I knew that it was a great buy!
In The Hands of God begins with the very upbeat song “The Way We Roll”. It sounds similar to “Giving It Over”, only even more more upbeat, catchy, and with more music! This is definitely my favorite song on the entire album. Peter sings about life with the band and the many things they do while on the tour and how they built up from being a new band with hardly any cash to one of the biggest bands in Christian music!
The second song is “No Grave”. This song is a rock song that gets a lot more serious and deep than the other songs. Peter sings "No grave gonna hold my spirit down...Lord knows they'll never keep me in the ground. Ain't no grave gonna hold my spirit down." As I said, the song gets very deep, but has a good tune and is another favorite off the album.
The next highlight on the record is “Glorious”. It's all about acknowledging the greatness of God with lines like "Glorious! Shining so glorious! Though I stumble, though I fall, You remain glorious!"
After Glorious is the title track, “In The Hands of God”. This would be my second favorite and was a big hit on Christian radio, climbing to the top of the CCM charts. The tune is superb and it’s a great worship song speaking about how we are safe in God's hands and that He'll always help us. The chorus says "In the hands of God, we will fall. Rest for the restless and the weary. Hope for the sinner. In the hands of God, we stand tall. Hands that are mighty to deliver. Giving us freedom." This is an awesome song that any fan of Christian music will love!
For those who like a funny song in an album, “My Friend Jesus” is the song for you! This is just a funny track with a Christian message still in it. Peter sings about being on hold on the phone and getting so annoyed with how long he has to wait. However, the song says that if we were like Jesus, we would not be so unhappy and we would forgive easily.
After the funny track, the album moves to another worship song. This one is “Lead Me to the Cross” by Hillsongs. I really liked Newsboys' version of the song, with its very slow and soft music.
“Dance”, the song before the last, is a fast, catchy song. The music makes you want to (you guessed it) dance! Peter Furler says about the track "The song is about giving yourself up, stirring yourself up and stepping out. It's about being led by faith, believing the best and making the most of every situation."
Finally, the album closes with the soft song RSL 1984. Peter Furler writes the song about growing up in Australia and not knowing where his life was headed. He was a preacher's kid, but he had no vision of the future ahead of him. The song has references to names of groups and surfing back in Australia. It's a great ending song to this album.
I really enjoyed this album a lot! It's a great finish to Peter's career with the Newsboys. However, after listening to it, I had to admit that it was not as good as I had hoped it would be and cannot compare to the band's previous album Go. Now, I'm a big Newsboys fan, so if I think that there's something missing from the album, that tells you something. Don't get me wrong, though. They did a great job with this album, but I don't think they did enough. The album only has ten tracks and one of them is not even their own. So, you get nine original tracks and of the entire ten, three are worship and two others are pretty soft songs. Newsboys is known for their pop/rock genre, but I just don't think they made such a great display of it on this album.
However, of the few songs that were pop/rock, Newsboys did a spectacular job! “The Way We Roll” is one of the best songs I have ever heard from them! “No Grave is magnificent, My Friend Jesus is totally humorous, and “Dance” is just such a catchy song! These songs, and the good worships songs such as “In The Hands of God” and “Glorious”, bring the album's rating up! Any Newsboys fan, or Christian music fan for that matter, has to listen to this album as it has songs for everyone on it!
The Big Finale| Posted July 10, 2010
An amazing end to an amazing era for the Newsboys! Honest and original lyrics coupled to the fresh unique sound from Australia. Wow! "My Friend Jesus" and "RSL 1984" blew me away with their thought-provoking words. "The Way We Roll" made me understand and empathize with their life on the road as a band and how that in fact humbles them! "No Grave" is a song about death that is the opposite of depressing - speaking about the fact that no grave will hold our spirits down. The only thing I didn't like about this album is that they took a song from Hillsong United (a practice common to Christian artists today) and one that, in my opinion, really needs a female vocalist to really pull it off; "Lead Me to the Cross". Other than that, this CD did not come out of my CD player for a good month!
Unsure how to rate because...| Posted November 12, 2009
I won the sneak preview ep from @inpoprecords and I liked 3 of the songs they chose for it (In The Hands of God, The Way We Roll, Glorious). However, I didn't understand RSL 1984.
In The Hands of God| Posted November 04, 2009
Ever since I started listening to music the newsboys have been my favorite band and inspired me in my music. They were also my first concert, during the Go Tour, I don't believe I'll ever have that much fun again.
In The Hands of God is one of my favorite additions to my collection of newsboys albums. It has every style they've done, from the rock in the starting track, The Way We Roll, to the beautiful worship in Lead Me to The Cross. If you don't already have this album, I suggest you find it asap. I used my last bit of cash to get it, and needed to puppy-eye my girlfriend for another dollar to cover tax. I haven't regretted my empty wallet since. Rock On Newsboys
Terribly Disappointed| Posted June 28, 2009
I was terribly disappointed by this album. I felt it was boring and lacking in originality, lyrically and musically. The only song I like is the title track. Download that on iTunes and leave the rest. Go buy their album GO.
Awesome album| Posted June 23, 2009
This is such a awesome album feat The way we roll grave This Is Your Life Glorious In the Hands of God The Upside My Friend Jesus Dance RSL 1984 and you should buy it on itunes
Great sounds| Posted June 05, 2009
I really am enjoying this Newsboys CD so many great songs with a good message my favorite is My friend Jesus and This is Life hoping more songs besides In the Hands of God will get some air play
Bring back Phil| Posted May 20, 2009
Over the years I have grown less and less drawn to the Newsboys. I miss their golden days with hits such as shine, breakfast, take me to your leader, spirit thing, and entertaining angels. The last Newsboys album that I truely enjoyed dates back to thrive.
The latest project,in the hands of god, seems to be lacking. Nothing that gets my blood boiling. No catchy tunes that I will be singing or rockin out to down the road. The only song I semi-like is the title track. Something is missing and maybe it's their first follow up without Phil joel. It is missing his musical flare that he brings to the classic Newsboys sound.
Now with Peter Furler not touring and michael tait filling in, I am left to wonder if their time has come. I know they are a christian favorite, but for me I haven't been feelin the vibe for many many moons. With Phil gone, Peter not wanting to tour, it is just not the same. 14 albums is impressive and I have a feeling they aren't done yet, but slowly the band is starting to lose it's grove.
Newsboys fans I hope you feel different and enjoy their latest project. For me it is lacking. Nothing new or exciting they bring to the table. Hopefully,if they stick around, they will bounce back and will produce something extraordinary like they did in their glroy days.
Great Newsboys, but a little short...| Posted May 15, 2009
Being a life long fan of the newsboys from the age of 7, i have listened to and chronicled their journey, and this album is no exception. Fulfilling the newsboys classic, pop/rock style, "In the Hands of God" blends the stellar guitars of "Shine: The Hits" and the majestic keyboards of "Go". This album definitely goes down as a major success, and deserves to be listened to by all Christian Music fans. Peter Fuller never sounded better, and it will be sad to see him go.
The Album has few problems, except that it is MUCH TOO SHORT! Come on guys, for Peter's Farwell album, we need a few more hits!
None the less, this was a wonderful album and i will definitely listen to it over and over again.
awesome| Posted May 14, 2009
awesome i love the newsboys they were one of the first bands i started listening to the are a great inspiration.........i love them and there music.... they're lyrics are amazing, I write songs but I don't think I have wrote something like what they write... not just them a lot of song writers amaze me with so little time that they have they manage to do some amazing things.... God bless not just the song writers but also everyone that God uses to let he name be know thru all the nations... God bless them all and may God give them strength so they can keep the name of Lord be lifted high.