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Rebel Transmission

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  • Audio CD (17 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Platinum Pop
  • ASIN: B007EG1MI2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rebel Transmission is the latest offering from Canadian pop band, Newworldson. A seven-time GMA Canada Covenant Award winner with three career JUNO Award nominations to its credit, Newworldson burst onto the national music scene in 2007. Its label debut, Salvation Station, was voted No. 3 on Christianity Today's Best Christian Albums of 2008, produced a hit music video "Working Man," and earned Newworldson a guest spot on newsboys' 2007-2008 "GO" tour as well as festival invitations to Australia, Germany, Holland and Sweden. But it was 2010's self-titled sophomore album that catapulted the group to new heights, thanks to the success of smash hit "There Is A Way," Newworldson's first No. 1 single. Rebel Transmission continues Newworldson's unique tradition of gospel, R&B, reggae and jazz fused together with an innate pop sensibility. In addition to the exceptional musicianship of band members Joel Parisien (lead vocals, keyboard), Mark Rogers (drums), Rich Moore (bass) and Josh Toal (vocals, guitar), the project also features critically acclaimed Chops Horns (Alicia Keys, The Police, The Rolling Stones). The self-produced record showcases songs including "Old Time Religion" and "Son of Man," which follow in the footsteps of old favorites like "Working Man" with foot-stomping soul and glitzy brass. First single "Learning to Be the Light," already Top 5 on the radio charts, and "Today" have a decidedly pop leaning while still maintaining Newworldson's colorful retro flair. The resulting album is an assault to the senses, cementing Newworldson's status as one of CCM's most innovative and beloved bands.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Musicianship shining through 15 July 2013
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If you've ever caught this band live, you'll know how good they are. An ingenious mix of funk/jazz/swing/bee-bop/rock/blues, every track has its own signature musically - and then, on top of each cleverly constructed tune, the lyrics are also very clever indeed. A brilliant band getting their Christian message across in a very accessible way. But, you can 'just' appreciate the music if that's what you want.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant 2 Jun 2014
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Deserves 6 out of 5 stars. Top quality from start to finish, real blend of styles with some meaningful lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newworldson 30 April 2013
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I love most of the songs on this CD and find them really inspirational, especially the 6th song. I play it in the car all the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NewWorldSon [Rebel Transmission] 17 April 2012
By Kevin Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Award-winning Canadian pop band Newworldson offers fans its long-awaited third national release, Rebel Transmission, on April 17. The project's debut radio single, "Learning to Be the Light" has already cracked the top 3 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart and is one of the most catchy and inspirational songs of the year. The hit song follows the success of their smash hit "There Is A Way" from their last album, NewWorldSon's first No. 1 single. Until the song became a listener favorite, NewWorldSon had always been viewed as an industry darling but far from a commercial band. It became a turning point for the band, and they began to record songs for its project Rebel Transmission, which is an expression of its gratitude to radio. Opening song "Radio Ghost Town" is one of several extremely catchy, intelligently crafted and potential hit songs found throughout this "gourmet" offering by NewWorldSon. The opener is actually tongue in cheek with the clever play on words in the second verse, "Do you know what they're feeding you? Mic check, I don't mean no disrespect, but is my transmission getting through? I'm talking to you" which leads to the super-catchy chorus "this is Radio Ghost Town, Salvation plan in stereo sound, this is a rebel transmission, can anybody hear me now?" As new radio darlings, I love how they are taking it all in stride and staying true to their artistry while expressing truth.

The next two songs clearly display that truth, as "Homeless Child" is a wonderful upbeat song expressing gratitude for salvation with the chorus, "I was a homeless child before You took me in...I was a runaway but now I'm here to stay, Nothing can keep me from Your sweet salvation." The song features incredible horns including a saxophone and the bridge perfectly expresses freedom in Christ, "And it's all for free, All You give to me, what a blessing just to be in Your family." This album is loaded with that type of Truth, especially the next song, "Learning to Be the Light." There is a great music video showing the band "letting their light shine like a City on a Hill" as commanded by Jesus in Matthew 5:14-16. The song features some of my favorite lyrics ever in the profound second verse, "when a heart is cold as ice, you can't melt it with advice, no one wants to listen to a list of things they shouldn't do, so I build a city on a hill, and I light a candle on the hill, knowing that You'll always be knocking at the door, Oh God I just want to love on everyone, All I have is Yours to give so let the people come." Yes, that's what we're commanded by God, and the song entertains and challenges me to think about how well I'm "learning to be the light." It is one of my selections for Song of the Year.

"Today" was also co-written by Parisien and Tawgs Salter who are a great hit songwriting team, having also penned "There Is A Day" and "Learning to Be the Light." "Today" is an ode to surrendering our plans to Christ on a daily basis and is yet another gem on this album. Another highlight for me is "Southern Cross." The song is a piano based ballad with confessional and personal lyrics beautifully expressed by Parisien. His vocals are tender and engaging as he expresses "there's a longing in my heart to be a better person, but when I play the part, no one believes a word, so it's amazing every time I'm received with open arms, no matter what the crime." Amen!

CLOSING THOUGHTS (Staff Review, NewReleaseTuesday.com)
With this album, NewWorldSon wanted to record something that was a little more produced, more polished, to bring out the vibrancy of its message. Without a doubt, they have succeeded on every level in my opinion. If you like "Learning to Be the Light," then you must get Rebel Transmission. If there's one way to best describe this great album, "God is at the center of every single one of our songs," lead singer and main songwriter Joel Parisien asserts. "The core message of the band is a message of hope, a message of surrender." For sure, this album is loaded with songs that are thoughtful, catchy, artistic and meaningful. Don't miss out on these four sons of the New World. This is a great album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another inspirational album by Newworldson! 30 Dec 2012
By Harbinger.Of.Peace10 - Published on Amazon.com
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Can't beat the vocals and groovin' tunes in this smash hit album! Newworldson is a soulful, one-in-a-kind, Christian rock band... another must hear!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best.... 7 stars 31 May 2012
By Cameron Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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I am 38 live in So Cal and I just wanted to say how GREAT this new cd REBEL TRANSMISSION is. The music is a fantastic mix of rock and jazz 5,6,7,8 ,Learning to be the Light, and Sweet Grace, riminds me alittle of Paul Simon and some of the old Motown stuff but with some substance I am not a musician but I know good music and this is it. Personally I was struggling with my walk with the Lord and this cd has definetly fuled the fire and encouraged me to persue my relationship with our father the KING. I pray the Lord will bless this CD and this band and they could use this to glorify our savior.
I would give it 7 stars if I could.
Get this CD you'll love it
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Streamlined Sound, Continued Excellent Songwriting. 9 May 2012
By Shawn Mclaughlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes it feels pretty good to put away the "critic" hat and just enjoy something for what it is. Those familiar with eclectic pop group, Newworldson know that deep, poetic lyrics are not a part of the package they deliver. They write decidedly "Christian" themed songs that definitely lack the lyrical sophistication to compete in the mainstream radio world and, you know what? That is just fine and dandy! They definitely offer pleasant rhyme schemes and a modicum of cleverness but the music is so joyous and infectiously played that any reservations about the lyrics will soon be forgotten. So, now that we have talked about a possibly perceived defect in the band's music, let's discuss what is so great about Rebel Transmission, their 3rd record and first as an independent band. First of all they make a conscious effort to reign in their eclecticism just a bit, writing a couple of sure-fire radio songs that echo, to an extent, their sophomore record's breakout hit, "There Is a Way". That may sound like a subtle implication of a lack of creativity, but a couple of listens to the swaying emotionalism and steady pop hooks of "Today" and the current radio hit, "Learning to Be the Light" quickly erase any such thought. These guys (and in particular, singer Joel Parisien and co-writer, Tawgs Salter) know how to write exceptional, radio ready songs without the sour aftertaste that much "accessible" Christian music gives off. Also in this mode but with a more anthem-like gait is "Southern Cross" which features a very tenderly rendered vocal by Parisien. Another welcome return on Rebel Transmission is the subtle homage to Elvis Costello, a definite favorite of guitarist, Josh Toal. But, while last record's "In Your Arms" pays tribute to Armed Forces era Attractions, the title cut more closely resembles Elvis' foray into Motown and R&B, Get Happy, with the same ability to add an Anglo-phile's melodic sensibility to the song's soul groove. Of course, the band's known penchant for the many different forms of classic Rhythm & Blues music shows up full force on the project. Motown and Stax are again recalled on the riotously upbeat "Homeless Child" and "Son of Man" while the band passes through a smoky, New Orleans club and shows reverence to Dr. John and Allen Toussaint with the roadhouse strut of "Selah"; And anyone who shimmied to the wondrous, cathartic groove of Wilson Pickett's "Land of a Thousand Dances" will recognize the debt "5,6,7,8" owes that soul classic. Also in the R&B family is the slinky funk of "Shake Holy Spirit" while "Old Time Religion" utilizes an effective amalgam of doo-wop and Bobby Mcferrin-style vocal jazz. The sweetest surprise on the record is the lovely, personable "Sweet Grace" a tale of the classic dichotomy of training a child up to be a Godly adult while lamenting the passing of their innocence. This tune is presented in a "Graceland" era, "Paul Simon meets Buddy Holly" shuffle with the rubbery bass-lines of the former and the slight countrified air of the latter. Perhaps. Newworldson's greatest accomplishment is sounding so current while mining American music's illustrious past so convincingly. Of course, great songwriting plays in any era. So, pick up Rebel Transmission at your local Christian bookstore and prepare for a full fledged dance party. I'll bring the chips!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and Soothing 21 Jun 2014
By S. Govan - Published on Amazon.com
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This beautifully arranged music truthfully shares the uplifting lyrics to sooth any troubled soul or day wrapped in a smooth jazzy tone.
Excellent selection for all music collections!!!
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