The newsboys get funky
Posted February 10, 2011
Here is how a picture this album came to be: the 'boys were sitting on their tour bus in 1998, talking about their music and how they've been doing the same music for years. Then, the BeeGee's "Stayin' Alive" comes on a radio nearby and Jody Davis, just goofing around, picks up a guitar and starts playing a disco-type riff. Peter Furler adds in some random lyrics talking about love and liberty, staples of the era, and failing to come up with another word, adds "disco". A hit is born, and an album is created.
While I love that song, as well as "Beautiful Sound" most of the rest of Love Liberty Disco is a bit of a disappointment. I still listen to this album from time to time, but when I put it in thinking "Oh yeah! I used to love this CD", I remember that I used to love only a few tracks. I find myself ejecting the CD after the first 6 tracks, as the last 4 are nothing really special. Even if you do listen to the whole album, you're only getting a little over 35 minutes worth of music, which just seems a bit short.
I like that the band did this. I think it's good for the creative process for bands to experiment from time to time. Personally, I would've released "Beautiful Sound", "Love Liberty Disco", "Good Stuff", and "Say You Need Love" as an EP for a cheaper price, rather than putting a lot of fluff in there that's not really that good to complete a CD. I love the newsboys, and I like some of this disc, but it's not the best. If I were you, I'd just download the few songs you've heard of and leave the rest alone.
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