151. Going Public – Newsboys



One notch from breaking the Top 150, Going Public must be recognized for the important album that it is and the impact on the industry. But it must also be acknowledged for being a wonderful record with incredible music and stronger lyrical themes then many of its contemporaries.

This is the second record produced by Steve Taylor and the influence in the “smartness” in the lyrics and depth shows more here than on the previous release. Most notably on the monster hit “Shine” that would assuredly be recognized as one of the great songs in Christian Rock history.

The album also features the bands most consistently strong content. Newsboys tend to create three of four amazing songs per album and then a side full of filler. here every song is strong and there is more cohesion as to the order of the music. There is both a musical and lyrical force behind each song as they flow from one to another. Spirit Thing, Real Good Thing and the title track still rank among the best the band has ever recorded.

One other note. the album does not contain many ballads and the ones that are there posses a more introspective content and atmospheric sound which made them great songs, but not radio friendly. I always respect a rock band that can create ballads without the focus being trying to break though on Christian AC radio.

  1. February 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    This is the Newsboys album that features what I consider one of Steve Taylor’s finest songs, the dark and lament filled “Elle G” which reflects on the theme of suicide with grief and compassion not heard often in Christian music

    • Kit
      November 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      I agree. “Elle G” is the best song to ever come out of the Newsboys. Easily.

      • Andrew J. Persac
        March 30, 2013 at 7:02 am

        Agreed TOTALLY, Kit! Why it was NOT released as a single (perhaps even mainstream) is beyond me :O This song alone would merit GP’s rank in the Top 500 (even if not this high for me maybe)……

  2. Shawn McLaughlin
    February 18, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Ditto, James. That song was far more poignant than CCM is almost ever allowed to be.

    • DanW
      July 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      Elle G is still one of my favorite songs. Actually, I think some of the Newsboys best songs were the ones they hid near the back of their albums such as Lost the Sky Again, Elle G, Lost the Plot and Always (It’s Killing Me) and RSL 1984. The writing is very thoughtful and the music is haunting.

  3. Bill B
    February 20, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I have heard a number of people who consider this their favorite Newsboys album. I don’t have this one, but have heard the album. Confess that the reason I don’t own it is that I didn’t really care for it. My personal favorite of the Newsboys is Take Me To Your Leader. Maybe I will have to revisit Going Public and see what I think of it now?

  4. Greenchili
    March 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Kinda suprised to see another Newsboys album make the list (especially after seing LLD on the list). 😉 😛

    Good album.. but like SUTTM the mixing really bothers me on this (for different reasons of course). On SUTTM the vocals were mixed too far to the back.

  5. June 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I’m not a big fan of Newsboys. I think that for example “Shine” is a very boring song. However, their new album “Born Again” has some great songs. I got it as a Christmas present from my best friend.

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