Christians have an expression for music, lectures, or literature that is spiritually nourishing: "getting fed." Thrive is a musical feast, and it finds Newsboys combining infectious melodies with insi

Christians have an expression for music, lectures, or literature that is spiritually nourishing: "getting fed." Thrive is a musical feast, and it finds Newsboys combining infectious melodies with insightful lyrics that offer peace and hope. Witness the chorus of the title cut: "Will you hold me close so I can thrive/ When you touch me/That's when I know I'm alive." This collection overflows with pop-rock enthusiasm, bouncy tunes, stadium-ready anthems, and, most importantly, potent messages. Some Biblical education figures into "Cornelius," a song about a Roman centurion who was the first gentile convert in the New Testament. Other highlights include the social commentary of "The Fad of the Land," the inventive "John Woo" (named for the famed director), and the poignant "Lord (I Don't Know)."—DEP

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