For our fourth “We Recommend” Blog, we’re going back to February, 2006, with Newsboys’ , Take Me To Your Leader. I’ll never forget picking up this record on release day, sitting on my bed and listening to it for the first time. A solid record from beginning to end, Take Me To Your Leader is a well-balanced pop rock album that is silly and intense at just the right moments. Whether it’s singing about how Hell will be no picnic (and therefore, there won’t be breakfast served there!) or it’s looking at much more dark topics like the laziness and complacency that some believers fall prey to, this album offers a little for everyone. Take Me To Your Leader also serves as further proof that Newsboys aren’t just a youth group pop band for teens. The brilliance of pairing the Aussies with Steve Taylor’s production and writing talents comes to full bloom on this album. This record was also recorded live in the studio which gives it much more of a raw rock sound than previously heard – or even since – from Newsboys.
Anyone else familiar with this record? Let us know if you recommend it!
Take Me To Your Leader (1996)
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Our synopsis: “A strong rock record with heart and relativity. Possibly their best.” (Recommended by JFH’s John DiBiase)
Perfect For: Bad days, Forgiveness, Fun, Worship
Song Highlights: “Lost The Plot” is a moody and sarcastic reflection on the plague of complacency on Christians while “Breathe” is a brutally honest rocker about needing God’s special touch on days when being like Christ is the last thing we feel capable of doing. And the “Benediction” is a beautiful response. But we can’t completely forget the fun title track and the unforgettable hit, “Breakfast.”
So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Take Me To Your Leader? Do you recommend it? If so, why?