Newsboys – Shine: The Hits, Live (One Night in Pennsylvania)

Capitol CMG / Sparrow Records

Release Date: April 2nd 2021

Reviewed by: Jonathan Andre

NewsboysShine: The Hits, Live (One Night in Pennsylvania) (Amazon mp3/iTunes)

Track Listing:

  1. I’m Not Ashamed
  2. Spirit Thing
  3. Take Me to Your Leader
  4. Woohoo
  5. Cup O’ Tea
  6. Entertaining Angels
  7. Always
  8. Believe
  9. Reality
  10. Truth Be Known – Everybody Gets a Shot
  11. Drum Solo
  12. Breakfast
  13. Step Up to the Microphone
  14. Hallelujah
  15. Shine
  16. Message From Peter

Newsboys are a band with no introduction needed. In fact, let my blog do all the introducing when I wrote about the Newsboys in 2019, as part of my Top 100 Influential artists list…and now that we have all established that the Newsboys are in fact one of the most impactful and influential CCM bands in modern music history, we see in 2021 another release in the arsenal of this 6-piece united band, comprising of both Peter Furler and Phil Joel in addition to Michael Tait, Jeff Frankenstein, Jody Davis and Duncan Phillips. This time the release is…Shine: The Hits, Live (One Night in Pennsylvania).

Yeah, you heard me right. With all the restrictions because of COVID-19 across the world, and many bands postponing release of new, original material, we see various bands and artists travel deep within the archives, and release previously unreleased material, songs and albums that may not have seen the light of day, if it wasn’t for COVID-19. And Newsboys and the release of this live project is no different. This is a very iconic moment in Newsboys history- the DVD format of this album, released way back in 1999, and was the second disc on a 2000 best-of compilation project that highlighted Newsboys songs throughout the 1980s and 1990s (inclusive of songs like ‘Shine’, ‘Breakfast’, ‘I’m Not Ashamed’ and ‘Entertaining Angels’), that also birthed other standout songs like ‘Joy’ and ‘Praises’. Now after 21 years, the DVD portion of said 2000 compilation is now for our listening pleasure, as the audio from the DVD is stripped and placed here on this digital release, unveiled to us on Good Friday, 2021. Now we may not have heard much of Newsboys 1.0 (we may have only grown up with hearing Michael Tait as the lead singer of Newsboys), or we could still appreciate and prefer Peter Furler’s lead singing as opposed to Michael’s. Whatever the case, One Night in Pennsylvania was and will still be one of my favourite DVD concerts I’ve seen in quite some time, maybe even rivalling Steven Curtis Chapman’s live DVD he did way back in 2003. Regardless of whether we’ve seen the One Night in Pennsylvania DVD or not, this album nonetheless is a great treasure for any Newsboys enthusiast, or for any fan of CCM, period. Nostalgia can be a wonderful thing, especially during COVID-19, as we are reminded that sometimes, our songs of youth and what we grew up listening to, can be just as emotive and powerful as songs of today. That songs of familiarity can give us comfort, for such a time as this. And this ‘new’ album by Newsboys is nothing different. And so as I finish of this ‘review’, I must say this- that songs of ‘old’ don’t have to be discarded just because something new comes along. I can still appreciate music of old, while still welcoming new songs as they release. This ‘album’ is evidence of how such an album of an iconic past, can be released new for a new generation…and maybe, just maybe, other artists can follow suit. Maybe Steven Curtis Chapman’s LIVE 2003 DVD can be released as an audio, digital album next? Now off to watch One Night in Pennsylvania now, and be reminded that Peter’s vocals, by far, was in fact one of the reasons why CCM in the 1990s and the 2000s was that good!

3 songs to listen to: Believe, Shine, Breakfast

Score: 5/5

RIYL: Peter Furler Band, Zealand Worship, Audio Adrenaline, DC Talk, Newsboys 2.0

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