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Take Me to Your Leader

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  • Audio CD (February 20, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: February 20, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sparrow
  • ASIN: B000000UYF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Newsboys are still maturing musicians, but I think they're so much more than musicians. They're ministers, comedians, and crusaders. They don't apologize for what they believe or even that they won't shut up about it ("God Is Not a Secret"), but they are ardently hilarious. "Breakfast" is laugh-out-loud funny. I played it for a friend the first time, and he started whistling a few seconds before THEY started whistling. "Take Me to Your Leader" is a simply skillful play on words that I could never have pulled off in a million years ("Isabel is a belly dancer...tried stealin' Helena's handbasket...Joshua judges her ruthlessly.., etc."). And yet, they're not ALL flash. "Lost the Plot" is pure unbridled, yet holy anger. "Let It Go" is wonderfully soothing after the occasional argument with someone you really love. I'm still trying to figure out "Reality," and I bought this crazy thing over three years ago. I bought their newest release "Step Up to the Microphone" not too long ago, and it showed that the Newsboys had matured musically. "The Tide" is sheer delight to listen to, and "Entertaining Angels" is just stunning music.
So, for the Newsboys, each release is different, and you'll get something different out of each one. I don't know anything about "Not Ashamed," but "Going Public" is a strong statement about Christian witnessing, "Take Me to Your Leader" is comic genius, and "Step Up to the Microphone" is just ear-pleasing music.
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Two words... Awe-Struck! About 5 years ago I couldn't care less about The Newboys, & guess what, 'Take Me To Your Leader' is my favorite Christian alternative album! Jars Of Clay's 'Much Afraid' is runner-up. When I first heard the eccentric rock number "Breakfast" on a Release Magazine sample tape in 1996, my reaction was... how could anybody sound so bad? I mean the rock aspect wasn't my schtick, it was their weird lyrics that made me shun the idea of even sampling a demo of the album. But when my taste was becoming more genre-venturing I got 'Take Me To Your Leader' for free from a multiple-cds-for-free deal, and I did a total 180. My favorite ones are... all of them! But when you get down to it, it would have to be "God Is Not A Secret," (grungy guitars & urgent lyrics), "Take Me To Your Leader" (quite humorous; almost vague use of alliteration and lyrics), "Reality" (twisted lyrics; kind of hard to grasp, yet a mesmirizing dance number), "Breakfast" (lyrics are "off the wall"; quite singable/listenable), "Let It Go" (cool mix of acoustic guitar & insightful lyrics), "Cup O' Tea" (short, but sweet), & "It's All Who You Know" (hard to describe; funny, yet extremely catchy). What I like most about them is John James & Peter Furler's Australian accents and their humourous approach to gospel-laced rock. I wish John James didn't leave however, but what I've heard of 'Step Up To The Microphone,' + the emergence of the new release 'Love Liberty Disco,' I'm sure they'll manage. An eccentric alternative classic, yet 5 stars doesn't do it much justice. It should 5 1/2 stars!
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This album is the Newsboys at their hard-rockin' best! From the catchy title track to the breathtaking "Breathe," this album is great! A friend in my church let me borrow it after I told him I got 'Going Public', and this one completely blew me away! I think I bought the wrong album ;)! Give this album one spin, and you will see why it hardly ever leaves my cd player! Thanks!
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The Newsboys 'Take me to your Leader' establishes itself along with Jars of Clay's self-titled album and DC Talk's 'Jesus Freak' as one of the three best Christian albums ever made. The Newsboys third release is a bit edgier than their previous efforts, as apparent in the first track, 'God is not a secret to be kept', as well as 'Breathe', 'Cup of Tea', and 'Lost the Plot'. Their dance/pop background still has an influence, and the title track, 'Reality', 'Breakfast', and 'It's all who you know' are as catchy as ever. Their lyrics have reached perfection, and are especially sharp in 'Let it Go', the most subdued of the songs, save for the benediction. I also think that it's the best song on the album- perhaps the best they've ever written. A brilliant effort by the Newsboys. God bless them all, for they are touching the hearts of many through their music.
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The culmination of many efforts came together to create the strongest effort from the Newsboys to date. First of all, the line-up present at this recording had played dozens of concerts together. Most were together on the "Going Public" CD (all but Phil Joel (or Philip Urry on this project)). Thus, togetherness breeds familiarity and experience fosters maturity. Of course, maturity is a relative term when considering we are speaking of the Newsboys here.
Sadly, this will be the last album featuring John James as lead vocalist and Steve Taylor as producer. However, the journey from song 1 ("God Is Not A Secret") to number 11 ("Breathe (Benediction)") sees the listener through several different regions of musical ventures. "God Is Not A Secret" simply rocks hard with a guitar assault worthy of praise from any hard rock fan. The album immediately bounces joyfully through the title track, and then rocks again on "Breathe". "Reality" and "Breakfast" showcase Steve Taylor's silly but profound lyrics (be careful not to miss the message in the humor), and then we get serious about forgiveness in "Let it Go". "Cup O'Tea" is a wonderful rock gem that starts a four-song series of introspective yet disturbing looks at us, our sin-natures, and our need for God ("It's All Who You Know", "Miracle Child", and "Lost The Plot"). Finally, we pray through "Breathe (Benediction)" for God's salvation, healing, and in-dwelling Holy Spirit.
Again, a very solid effort from the Newsboys. Through all the silliness and humor, you can see a group of men serious about their faith and their desire to edify believers and to draw in unbelievers. When you are not too busy bouncing up and down with the beat and laughing at the lyrics, take time to seriously read along with the songs (the CD jacket has all the words). You will be blessed.
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