At this point, Newsboys need no introduction as one of the pillars of Christian music going on thirty years, but that hasn’t stopped the GRAMMY-nominated pop band from some introductions of their own. Love Riot is the new album replete with new sonic touch points, most notably darker synth pulses, that give a new energy to the album’s opening tracks, “Crazy” and “Hero.”
Some tracks, like lead single “Guilty,” are straight from the band’s wheelhouse and will appeal to longtime fans, but the shadowy rhythms of songs like “Committed” impressively expands the scope of the album. It also lends a forceful feel to songs that demand it, as Michael Tait pledges musical allegiance to the kingdom of God. It’s a common refrain throughout the Love Riot, with cries they are “in this for life.” The band’s fans would likely say the same about their relationship.