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Going Public

NewsboysAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Real Good Thing (Going Public Album Version) 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Shine 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Spirit Thing (Going Public Album Version) 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Let It Rain (Going Public Album Version) 4:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Going Public (Going Public Album Version) 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Truth And Consequences (Going Public Album Version) 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Lights Out (Going Public Album Version) 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Be Still (Going Public Album Version) 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. When You Called My Name (Going Public Album Version) 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Boldly redefined by their best-selling Born Again project (Inpop Records), its three No. 1 radio hits, and a headlining slot on the world’s biggest tour first quarter 2011 (playing to more than half a million people), Newsboys returned on November 15, 2011 with their highly anticipated CD, God’s Not Dead. This rock-driven worship album finds front man Michael Tait and his band ... Read more in Amazon's Newsboys Store

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  • Audio CD (January 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sparrow
  • ASIN: B000005KU6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I was pretty shocked when I looked at my Not Ashamed album and realized it had been two years since its release. After sales of approximately a bazillion units (you probably bought one too, so that's a bazillion & one), the logical thing to do would be to make Not Ashamed II and buy your mother Graceland, right? Wrong, boy-o! If you thought Not Ashamed was the best thing 30-minute pizza delivery, start saving those dollars, because I'm betting you'll love Going Public.

The album reunites the production team of Steve Taylor & Peter Furler; John James remains in the lead vocal slot, with the road-tested Duncan Phillips and Kevin Mills on keys and bass, respectively. The newest Newsie is guitarist Jody Davis; he and Mills add a "live," organic feel to the sometimes programming-dominated sound with their creative solos and inventive rhythm work. But where this Newsboys album betters its predecessor is in the lyrical department. The band and Taylor seem to have agreed that what they do best is write killer hooks and melodies.

From the first song on Going Public, "Real Good Thing," you're assaulted with the Taylor wit. With the church in mind, the Boys sing "All our good deeds don't mean squat," while "When we don't get what we deserve/That's a real good thing" could also apply to a broader audience. Building on the themes of their previous album, the Boys continue to exhort and encourage their fans to make their faith visible, with songs like "Shine" ("There isn't a way to explain the kind of change/That would make a vegetarian barbeque a hamster/Sine/Make 'em wonder what you've got" and the title track ("the cross makes him wish/That his spine was more than a school of jellyfish/The lines are drawn and clear/There's no straddling fences here").

Going Public also contains some of the most serious fare the Newsboys have ever featured on their records. "Truth and Consequences" deals with a single Christian girl, who when rejected ("Dumped on more than a birdhouse shingle"), falls in the crowd who tries to cajole her into pre-marital sex, for the sake of being accepted. We never learn if she heeds the chorus "Are you really gonna stand for love that waits its turn?" The albums closer, the cleverly titled Elle G," is the melancholy story of a suicide that doesn't reveal its plot immediately. You're into the second verse before you're hit with the line "Did you really assume/Id find solace from the letter in your room?" As the storyteller struggles to understand the death, he prays "A child of the Kingdom/Still an invalid/Father forgive her/She don't know what she did."

There are also some reflective moments on the album, such as "Let It Rain," where the Apostle Paul looks back on his life with Christ and "Be Still," a pretty, prayerful ballad which reminds us that kneeling is always a good posture from which to receive revelation. But Going Public mostly walks a rock/alternative edge and therein lies my only criticism. I would love to hear less programming and mire "live" music that is as challenging as the lyrics; likewise, it would be great to hear the Newsboys take the Euro dance/fuzzy guitar/brittle drum sound that they've been flirting with for two albums and be more aggressive with it, or chuck it for the something fresher. The boys have earned the right to experiment and if they keep making albums this good, their audience will follow them. -- Bruce A. Brown (c) 1994 CCM Communications, Inc. -- CCM Magazine

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have had this CD forever, but on todays date I am reminded of something that happened because of it about four years ago. One of my best friends was at a church camp and the song "shine" came on. Normally this is considered a fun-type song with a good message that we use to get wound up. But on this particular night my friend pulled my sister to the side and was like "I feel that I am on the outside looking in just like that song talks about." Praise Jesus!!!! Within five or ten minutes we were all down praying with her to accept Christ. Newsboys---if you ever read this---thanks.
Chris Roberds
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! THIS CD IS THE BEST! November 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the Newsboys Best CD ever! It is well worth your money! great lyrics and great upbeat music! favorite song is shine- has great lyrics! love ya Newsboys!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Masterpiece? July 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album was the Newsboys sophmore release with a major label, although the production is a bit over the top for my taste,I personally favor "Take me to your Leader",as it sounds more like a band effort."Going Public" neverless does not disapoint,in fact some of the best songs written by Peter Furler(who by the way sings lead on most of the songs)and producer Steve Taylor are on this album."Shine","Spirit Thing","Let it Rain" and the stunning "Elle G." are some of the Newsboys finest moments.I saw the Newsboys a few years back and was surprised that they only performed one song from this great album,then again when the Beatles toured in 66' they didn't perform ANY songs from "Revolver", now considered a masterpiece.My personal favorite from this album is "Let it Rain" a touching ballad from the perspective of the apostle Peter, and how he met Christ while at sea fishing.John James, the band's "lead singer" never really sang lead on many Newsboys albums, it was later revealed that drummer and songwriter and co-producer Peter Furler sang lead on almost every song they recorded,mostly because he sounded better in the studio and James was a better frontman onstage,plus their voices sound pretty simular,but any real Newsboy fan can tell the difference.This is one of the Newsboys best albums and it would be nice if they started putting some of these songs back into their set.Great album,very minor weak spots.Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Newsboys Best April 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have several Newsboys CDs. They usually have one song I love and the rest I never listen too.
This one is different. This is their best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome January 31, 2004
By David
Format:Audio CD
I would have to say this is one of my favorite albums of all time, it was the first actual cd I ever owned(before it was all cassettes, remember those, of michael w smith and such). I didn't listen to much music growing up until I got Going Public when I was 13, and it made me love music. It probably helps that some of my best, memorable times were around that age and this album brings back a lot of great memories, but aside from the personal resons for loving this album, it's still a great buy even today. I think the lyrics to Elle G are some of the best I've ever read, and the Newsboys style is very original, and it's hard to find original music these days. I'd say it lies somewhere in between dance and rock. Now, I listen to tons of music, anything from Bruce Springsteen to Sublime to Beastie Boys to The Chemical Brothers, and favorites include Newsboys, Live, Our Lady Peace, Switchfoot, Black Lab, The Music, Oasis and so on. I listen to both christian and non-christian music like many people my age, and at times when i find myself doubting my faith, the Newsboys are always there for moral and spiritual support. So, I don't really know what I'm trying to say in this review that would convince other people to buy the album, but if you tend to like any of the bands I mentioned, appreciate music in general(aka you don't make ignorant comments like, "rap is crap" without any justification), and like music that lifts you up instead of brings you down, than Going Public, or any Newsboys album for that matter is most definitely worth the purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now they're going public! May 11, 2004
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
I must say, this album is easy to get addicted to! It has a unique style of music that a lot of other artists don't seem to have. If you want my opinion on the songs...
"Real Good Thing": I can't see why anybody wouldn't like this song! It has great lyrics, great sound, and a great feeling. VERY fun.
"Shine": Finally, the signature song of the 'boys! Strangely, I used to get bored whenever I thought of this song. Now, I'm in love with it! It's a VERY fun, VERY exciting song. As awesome as it is on the album, it's 100% better when it's live (I was able to see the Newsboys in concert at their Adoration tour). You can tell that these guys have TALENT!
"Spirit Thing": The song that I barely remember from when I was very young. It seems like everybody loves this song! It has a really good tune, sound, and feeling. I love the guitar at the beginning.
"Let It Rain": I love this one! It has a very relaxing sound and feeling. I LOVE the chorus. Great worship song!
"Going Public": Finally, the title track! It seems like nobody really talks about this song a lot. I LOVE the intro, the lyrics, and the sound. Great back-up vocals, too! I LOVE it!
"Truth And Consequences": I LOVE this song! I've gotta admit, it's got a really catchy tune. Awesome lyrics, sound, and beat!
"Lights Out": WOOHOO! This is probably the fastest song I've ever heard in my life. If you like fast beats, then you'll LOVE this song. It has the best vocal and instrumental arrangement. It's a VERY fun song!
"Be Still": This song actually isn't bad. It has a feeling that's a lot like the feeling in "Let It Rain". It's also a VERY good worship song. It's pretty calm, too. Don't forget, I LOVE this one, too!
"When You Called My Name": This is the kind of song that can stick around in your head.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Newsboys CD
THis CD is an all-time classic for fans of the Newsboys. Their Australian flavor comes through in a way that will make you really love Christian music.
Published 25 days ago by Mom of a single and a pair
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I can't stop wanting to listen to the music. . Especially the song shine which has lyrics. I love all the songs all the time.
Published 2 months ago by Dylan Brehm
5.0 out of 5 stars I like all of the songs but one.
Its difficult to find a CD where I like all or most of the songs. This is one of them. I like all but one song on this CD. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nesher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!!
Great music!! I love the Newsboys, this CD includes the hit Shine. I bought it pre-owned and it is in great condition!!
Published 15 months ago by Daniel Alfano Ibarra
5.0 out of 5 stars Newsboys
Newsboys are about the very best Christian Rock band that I have ever heard and have seen them live about dozen times. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ita
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Newsboys CD a MUST for any Newsboys fan!!!!!
I have loved Newsboys from the start, my brother was into them and I started "borrowing" all of his cd's and tapes. I was so excited when I found this one. Read more
Published on October 26, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The best newsboys cd ever
This is my second favorite cd of all time.But when the first is Jesus Freak by dc Talk what can you do? Read more
Published on October 5, 2009 by M. Haven
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
I know this is not new music but it has sure blessed me.
Published on September 7, 2005 by Dan Whitney
4.0 out of 5 stars Alright, I guess
I want to say that this album is alright. I would have given it 3.5 stars if that was possible. The reason I'm doing this is because I'm more into harder Rock, And theres only a... Read more
Published on April 24, 2003 by Mike Ferretti
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