Go (Newsboys album)

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GO
Studio album by Newsboys
Released October 31, 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre Christian rock, pop rock
Length 39:53 (Standard Release)
54:18 (Limited Edition)
Label Inpop
Producer Tedd T.
Peter Furler
Newsboys chronology
He Reigns: The Worship Collection
(2005)
GO
(2006)
GO Remixed
(2007)

Go is the twelfth studio album by Christian pop rock band Newsboys, released on October 31, 2006. It is the band's last album with Phil Joel as a member, and is their first (and only full-length studio) album with Paul Colman. The album's cover art was designed by Australian creative artist Steven Dix in Brisbane.[citation needed]

An EP, entitled Go EP, was released on the iTunes Store as a preview of the album. It featured the songs "Wherever We Go", "Go (I Wanna Send You)", and "I Am Free" from the album. On September 30, 2008, nearly a year after its release, it spawned its own live CD/DVD, Houston We Are GO.

Radio singles[edit]

A live version of "I Am Free" (cover of Desperation Band song) was released as a single to radio stations long before the release of the album (early 2006), and peaked at No. 11 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart, as well as No. 11 on the Hot Christian Adult Contemporary charts.

The second single, "Wherever We Go", was released to radio stations on August 18, 2006, and has peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Christian Songs chart and No. 15 on the Hot Christian Adult Contemporary charts.

"Something Beautiful" was released as the third promotional single for GO in early 2007, and peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart, and at No. 6 on the Hot Christian Adult Contemporary charts. The song also finished at No. 5 on the 2007 year-end chart for Hot Christian Songs.[1]

"In Wonder" was released between late summer and early fall of 2007 as the fourth single to radio to promote the album. It peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart, and No. 5 on the Hot Christian Adult Contemporary charts. It is a new version of a song written in 2004 by New Zealand band Magnify. Rick Knott, lead singer of Magnify, is noted as one of the authors of the track on the Newsboys album. The lyrics on the new song are different from the original song, however, the backing track is nearly identical.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[4]

Reviews were generally positive, especially in the Christian market, where the band was praised for getting back to its original rock roots. Jesus Freak Hideout gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars and raved “Catchy, fun, worshipful, encouraging, and memorable, GO is liable to cause longtime fans to join me in saying, ‘Hallelujah, the Newsboys are back!’” CCM Magazine had similar praise to offer, remarking in their review that the band has "returned in what’s arguably its best creative offering since 1998’s Step Up to the Microphone. The group achieves the rare distinction of having a cross generational impact, maintaining its old school die-hards, while giving the younger crew something substantial to sink their teeth into."

"Go" was New Release Tuesday's "Album of the Year" in 2006.

Commercial performance[edit]

Selling 23,246 units in its first week (their best sales week since Adoration's release in 2003), Go debuted at No. 51 on the Billboard 200 charts, and at No. 4 on the Top Christian Albums chart.[citation needed] Go fell to No. 6 in its second week on the Christian chart and No. 9 in its third, but rose to No. 8 in its fourth week.

After two months of release, "Go" had sold over 100,000 copies at an average of 15,000 per week.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Album release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wherever We Go"   Peter Furler, Tedd Tjornhom, Lynn Nichols, Philip Urry, Steve Taylor 3:27
2. "Go (I Wanna Send You)"   Furler, Tjornhom, Taylor 2:52
3. "Something Beautiful"   Paul Colman, Furler 3:51
4. "The Mission"   Taylor, Furler 3:40
5. "Let It All Come Out"   Furler 4:20
6. "In Wonder"   Taylor, Furler, Richard Knott 4:12
7. "Your Love Is Better Than Life"   Taylor, Furler, Colman 3:39
8. "I Am Free" (Desperation Band cover) Jonathan Egan 3:36
9. "Secret Kingdom"   Taylor, Furler 3:21
10. "The Letter (One of a Kind)"   Furler 3:22
11. "Gonna Be Alright"   Furler, Tjornhom, Taylor 3:33
Total length:
39:53

Personnel[edit]

  • Peter Furler - lead vocals, guitar
  • Paul Colman - vocals, lead guitar
  • Phil Joel - vocals, bass guitar
  • Jeff Frankenstein - keyboards/programming
  • Duncan Phillips - drums, percussion

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007 Year End Charts/Top Christian CHR songs, R&R magazine. Retrieved 6 January 2008.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Cross Rhythms review". Crossrhythms.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  4. ^ "Jesus Freak Hideout review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2011-09-16.