Go (Newsboys album)
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|Studio album by Newsboys|
|Released||October 31, 2006|
|Genre||Christian rock, pop rock|
|Length||39:53 (Standard Release)
54:18 (Limited Edition)
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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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.
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. 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.
|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|
|Limited edition bonus tracks|
|12.||"I Am Free" (Live) (Desperation Band cover)||7:05|
|13.||"Something to Believe In"||3:22|
|14.||"City to City"||3:54|
- Peter Furler - lead vocals, guitar
- Paul Colman - vocals, lead guitar
- Phil Joel - vocals, bass guitar
- Jeff Frankenstein - keyboards/programming
- Duncan Phillips - drums, percussion