In God We Trust (Stryper album)

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In God We Trust
In God We Trust Stryper.jpg
Studio album by Stryper
Released June 28, 1988
Recorded A&M Studios, Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Christian metal, glam metal, heavy metal
Length 37:55
Label Enigma Records
Producer Michael Lloyd and Stryper
Stryper chronology
To Hell with the Devil
(1986)
In God We Trust
(1988)
Against the Law
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

In God We Trust is the fourth release, and fourth studio album by Christian metal band Stryper, released in 1988 (see 1988 in music). After the hard-rocking To Hell with the Devil, Stryper decided to follow up with an album that was more pop-leaning and radio-friendly, and as a result, many critics and fans considered the album overproduced and too commercial. Despite the lukewarm reception, In God We Trust nevertheless achieved Gold record status, selling over half a million copies. Three singles were released including DIAL MTV favorites "Always There For You" and "I Believe in You" which both hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart peaking at No. 71 and No. 88 respectively. The third single "Keep The Fire Burning" did not chart. The album received two GMA Dove Awards for "Hard Music Album" and "Hard Rock Song" for the title track.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Michael Sweet except where noted

  1. "In God We Trust" (M. Sweet, R. Sweet) – 3:56
  2. "Always There for You" – 4:09
  3. "Keep the Fire Burning" – 3:35
  4. "I Believe in You" – 3:17
  5. "The Writings on the Wall" – 4:19
  6. "It's Up 2 U" – 3:51
  7. "The World of You and I" – 3:45
  8. "Come to the Everlife" (O. Fox) – 4:09
  9. "Lonely" – 4:09
  10. "The Reign" (O. Fox) – 2:50

Personnel[edit]

Stryper[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Tim Gaines - bass (did not play on the album but joined the band for following tour)
  • Billy Meyers - keyboards
  • John Van Tongeren - keyboards
  • Steve Croes - synclavier
  • Brad Cobb - bass

Production[edit]

  • Michael Lloyd and Stryper - Producers
  • Dan Nebanzal and Carmine Rubino - Engineers

Other related material[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In God We Trust at AllMusic
  2. ^ Frank, Elmer (2007-03-17). "Stryper, "In God We Trust" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  3. ^ Neely, Kim (1988-10-06). "Stryper: In God We Trust : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  4. ^ Donaldson, Devlin; Steve Rabey (July 1988). "Reviews / In God We Trust". CCM Magazine. 11 (1): 36–37. ISSN 1524-7848. 
  5. ^ Trott, Jon (1988). "Reviews / In God We Trust". Cornerstone. 17 (86): 37. ISSN 0275-2743.