Love Riot (Newsboys album)

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Love Riot
Love Riot by Newsboys.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 4, 2016 (2016-03-04)
LabelFair Trade, Columbia
Newsboys chronology
Hallelujah for the Cross
Love Riot

Love Riot is the eighteenth studio album by the Newsboys. Fair Trade Services alongside Columbia Records released the album on March 4, 2016.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
365 Days of Inspiring Media4.5/5 stars[1]
CCM Magazine3.5/5 stars[2]
The Christian Beat4/5 stars[3]
CM Addict4/5 stars[4]
Jesus Freak Hideout3.5/5 stars[5]
3.5/5 stars[6]
3.5/5 stars[7]
New Release Today3.5/5 stars[8]
Today's Christian Entertainment4.5/5 stars[9]
Worship Leader4.5/5 stars[10]

Awarding the album three and a half stars for CCM Magazine, Matt Conner states, "Love Riot is the new album replete with new sonic touch points, most notably darker synth pulses,"[2] Kelly Meade, allocating the album a four and a half star rating at Today's Christian Entertainment, writes, "Complete with the hard hitting sounds & powerful vocals we've come to expect from the band, Love Riot is a welcome addition to all music collections."[9] Giving the album three and a half stars from New Release Today, Marcus Hathcock says, "Expect to hear several of these songs top radio charts this year and further solidify the Newsboys as one of CCM's signature acts."[8] Jay Akins, allocating the album four and a half stars for Worship Leader, states, "Newsboys simply elevates the listening experience with every track on their new record Love Riot.[10]

Joshua Andre, allotting the album a four and a half star review by 365 Days of Inspiring Media, describes, "Well done guys for a stellar album, and one that will be on my music playlist for a long time!"[1] Alex Caldwell, rating the album three and a half stars at Jesus Freak Hideout, states, "Love Riot does what an entry into a veteran band's catalog should do; it reminds you of what you liked about the artist in the first place while adding a few more moments to savor."[5] Indicating in a three and a half star review from Jesus Freak Hideout, Lucas Munachen says, "With just enough of the old and new to satisfy fans of both, there's little reason to pass up on the action."[6]

Christopher Smith, signaling in a three and a half star review for Jesus Freak Hideout, writes, "Michael Tait's powerful vocals, strong musical performances from longtime members Duncan, Jeff, and Jody, and just enough stylistic progression from Restart combine to make Love Riot a must-have for Tait-era Newsboys fans."[7] Affixing a four star rating upon the album by The Christian Beat, Madeleine Dittmer describes, "Newsboys have once again successfully created a masterfully crafted collection of songs of good news. There is an unmistakable energy that runs through the album, giving it a celebratory feel...Newsboys again prove to be an institution in Contemporary Christian Music, boldly inspiring listeners and changing lives with each track."[3] Jon Ownbey, bestowing a four star rating upon the album at CM Addict, states, "There is a good mix of faster paced music and some classic worship that will keep you from skipping through the tracks."[4]

Track listing[edit]

3."Love Riot"3:34
5."You Hold It All (Every Mountain)"4:00
6."No Longer Slaves"4:05
7."Family of God"4:20
10."What I Want Them to Say"3:41
Total length:37:44


Chart (2016) Peak
US Billboard 200[11] 14
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[12] 1
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[13] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[14] 1


  1. ^ a b Andre, Joshua (March 1, 2016). "Music Reviews: Newsboys – Love Riot". 365 Days of Inspiring Media. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Conner, Matt (February 15, 2016). "Newsboys – 'Love Riot' album review". CCM Magazine. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Dittmer, Madeleine (March 3, 2016). "Newsboys Unleash Unmistakable Energy With "Love Riot"". The Christian Beat. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Ownbey, Jon (March 16, 2015). "Newsboys "Love Riot" (Review)". CM Addict. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Caldwell, Alex (February 29, 2016). "Newsboys, "Love Riot" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Munachen, Lucas (March 2, 2016). "Newsboys, "Love Riot" Second Staff Opinion Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Smith, Christopher (March 1, 2016). "Newsboys, "Love Riot" Additional 2 Cents Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Hathcock, Marcus (February 29, 2016). "Committed to the Good News". New Release Today. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Meade, Kelly (February 24, 2016). "Newsboys 'Love Riot'". Today's Christian Entertainment. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Akins, Jay. Armstrong, Jeremy (ed.). "Newsboys: Love Riot". Worship Leader. Vol. May/June 2016. San Juan Capistrano, California: Chuck Fromm, PhD (Worship Leader Partnership). p. 64. ISSN 1066-1247. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  11. ^ "Newsboys Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  12. ^ "Newsboys Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  13. ^ "Newsboys Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  14. ^ "Newsboys Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 15, 2016.