Reviewed by Tracy Darlington
Go Remixed by Newsboys
"...brings a brand new flavor to Go."
Recording a remix album is sort of like a top chef customizing his signature dish of fettuccine al forno to please a vegan. It’s now a lovely blend of tofu and flax seeds with whole wheat pasta. But it’s still this chef’s fettuccine al forno. This is what the Newsboys have achieved in Go Remixed.
Five years after the groundbreaking success of Remixed in 2002, they’ve customized another great album, Go, to please a different audience, as well. Lead singer Peter Furler had this to say about why he loves making remix albums: “They’re like one of those TV makeover shows: You give the words and melody a new jacket and shoes, the rhythm a nip n’ tuck, and send it out on the dance floor.”
With fourteen albums under their belt, the Newsboys brings a brand new flavor to Go, their most recent project. They still give fans their unique pop/rock signature sound, only now with a dance/techno flavor. Being together for almost twenty years, the group shows it has definitely matured from its Boys will be Boyz days. The addition of Paul Colman to the band in January may be part of what makes both Go and Go Remixed so well seasoned.
Go Remixed brings to the table some well known producers such as Lee Bridges, who remixes seven of the eleven tracks on the album. Tedd T. (Tobymac, Rebecca St. James) puts his trademark electronic sound on the track I Am Free. Max Hsu of Superchic[k] takes on Your Love is Better Than Life. And the band’s very own Jeff Frankenstein remixes In Wonder. The album also features the bonus track City to City, not found on the original Go. The only song I found to be better in its original form is Something Beautiful. The remix lacked the fun, upbeat, aspect of the original.
It’s a whole new way of looking at one of their best albums yet. A must have for any Newsboys lover, and a great addition to anyone’s cd collection.
Tracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.