Remixes aren't all that new to the Newsboys. Before the release of their 1998 album Step Up to the Microphone, the Entertaining Angels Maxi-Single featured 2 remixes, for "Shine" and "Not Ashamed." In 1999, with the release of LoveLibertyDisco, preorder bonus CDs included extended techno remixes of "A Beautiful Sound" and "Love Liberty Disco." In 2000, included on their Shine-The Hits collection, was a "Mega Mix" which melded all of their greatest hits into one long song. In 2002, a preorder disc for Thrive also included some cool remixes. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that later in 2002, the band released their first full-length remix project appropriately entitled Newsboys Remixed.
Remixes usually come in three different formats. You can have the completely redone remix, where the lyrics and song structure are relatively the same but the instrumentation is altered. You can also have the extreme where the song is given a completely electronic enhancement, extending the song by several minutes and rendering it almost unrecognizable. Lastly, you can have a happy medium between the two. Newsboys Remixed offers a variety of these choices. The project opens with a completely electronic revamped "It Is You." Beefed up to a 7 minute version, the party gets started as fans look forward to an electronic-laced collection of souped up Newsboys songs. For the fan of the extended techno remixes, most of the project will be ear candy. To the fan of song remixes that still hold true to their original concepts, prepare to be relatively disappointed. "Joy (Let's Be Frank Mix)" continues what was started with its 6 and a half minute rendition remixed by Newsboy keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein, himself. "Joy" holds a little more form of an actual song than "It Is You" does, but doesn't really get started for nearly four minutes into the song. "Lord (Father B. Mix)," a mix from guitarist Jody Davis, is a highlight on the project as the 4 minute remix stays true to the song for the most part. The electronic backdrops are minimalized on "Lord" and features some uniquely used samples to enhance the track.
Newsboys Remixed is for the Newsboys fan with a hankering for techno and dance beats. If you're looking for a freshening of your old favorites or just a new take on some new favorites, you'll not want to miss Newsboys Remixed.- Review date: 9/21/02, written by John DiBiase
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