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Michael W. Smith
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Year of Release: 2001
The Heart Of Worship
Draw Me Close
Turn Your Eyes
Open The Eyes
Of My Heart
More Love More Power
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Christian artist Michael W. Smith returns this week, with another compelling, praiseful, uplifting, powerful album to review. (The list of positive
words keeps going and going...) Worship. His first album of this nature, where he records a live album of Praise and Worship. Indeed it is, the
entire album is an uplifting experience. So many positive messages here on this album. [Just as our previous reviews -- "Stand" and the follow up
to "Worship", "Worship Again"] -- powerful, praising, moving -- Not alot of "rocking" numbers here, yet the feeling of positive and moving
through the source of music makes the two albums reviewed on our site making Michael W. Smith an artist having a force to reckon with, in the popularity
of Christan music. His Worship album is another album to add to this list.
The concert was recorded on June 1, 2001, at the Carpenter's Home Church, in Lakeland, Florida. The album's release date was 9/11/2001, a date in
which we would never forget. No one could predict what would happen on that day, yet Michael W. Smith's concert would be a better event, than that of
the World Trade Center tragedy.
The opening track, "Forever" is surely an eye opener, as well as an earful of powerful music. Powerful lyrics here too. Yet the following songs
have a nice, gentle atmosphere, the lyrics and the feeling of the songs are extremely powerful in the Christian faith: "The Heart Of Worship," "Draw
Me Close." The same can be said for other tracks: "Above All" (both versions), "Breathe," "Let It Rain."
"Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" has a sad feeling when starting (mostly instrumental), yet it is very spiritual. Another uplifting track, is
"Open The Eyes Of Your Heart." "Agnus Dei" has a classical touch, and the choir is awesome. "Awesome God" displays the awesome choir
too. A little information on the "choir" -- it has an all-star cast of Christian artists: Amy Grant, Phillips, Craig, and Dean, Chris Rice, Out of Eden,
members of Plus One, Cindy Morgan, and many others. "More Love, More Power" is loving, powerful, in its peaceful and spiritual sound.
Two bonus tracks: The powerful and magic "Purified," and a studio version of "Above All."
I really admired the comment reviews on Amazon.com regarding this album. If I may do so, borrow a few comments from there:
"This CD is absolutely awe inspiring. The way the songs flowed into each other from beginning to end could not have been more well thought out. From the
beginning with the two girls reading scripture to the ending with More Love More Power, the presence of the Holy Spirit was obviously present."
"Worship That's Genuine":
"Michael W Smith has always wanted to record a worship album like this. On the EXODUS project he worked to create a multi-artist collaboration that focused
on creating modern worship songs for the church. On his new album, WORSHIP, he is able to actually lead a live worship service that absolutely succeeds in
putting the focus on where it's supposed to be: God. The song line-up is a good one. Newer tracks like "The Heart Of Worship" and "Open the Eyes of My
Heart" are sung right along side classic songs like "Awesome God" and "More Love, More Power." Smith has led worship at his church for years, and that
experience shines through here as he proves to be most adept at taking the spotlight off of himself (and the "all-star" cast in the choir) and directing
it towards the One who was being sung to. The album flows well and though it's not really a "modern" worship album (musically it is more traditional) it's
got all the passion and genuine spirit associated with the modern worship movement. The studio tracks included as a bonus are also superb (and Smith writes
with his wife, Debbie, on "Purified," for the first time in years), and sit well along side previous Smith classics like "Agnus Dei" and "Great Is the Lord."
If you're a fan of Michael's you're going to pick this up automatically. Even if you're not, you should give it a listen. It doesn't rock and there's nothing
particularly innovative here, but it's a real worship experience that brings you into the presence of God, and that's what it's really all about. WORSHIP is
definitely one of the best of a growing number of worship album options. FIVE STARS."
"Power, you WILL feel it":
"Well, he finally did it. Michael W. Smith's first worship album. And, not even surprisingly, it's THE best collection of praise and worship songs I have
ever heard. Every single offering on this album is absolutely beautiful. The first time I heard the opening track, it stirred my blood and sent a shiver up
my spine, and the only reason I wasn't clapping along with the crowd on the CD was because I was driving at the time. Michael's ability to take an already
great worship song and turn it into a masterpiece is unparalleled. I only wish I could have been in the chapel at Carpenter's Home when this blessed event
took place. His amazing piano is joined by a wonderful band and a choir that reads like a Christian music All-Star roster; Amy Grant, Phillips, Craig, and
Dean, Chris Rice, Out of Eden, members of Plus One, Cindy Morgan, and many others all contribute to this powerful experience. A few of the songs on this CD
aren't very well-known, but by the end they'll be forever etched on your memory, thanks to this ensemble. "Unforgettable" is an understatement. You'll be
inspired, lifted up, brought to your knees, and shaken to your foundation, all in one hour. When I heard the chorus for "Let It Rain", I cried for the first
time in over ten years--it's that moving. I could go on for days about this album, but the review has to end sometime. Get this CD and listen for yourself...
it could very well change your life. "
Michael W. Smith's Worship keeps the positive Christian faith. Every album we've reviewed have received the 3-star rating. (Our highest rating.)
More of his albums will be reviewed on our site. For a positive, spritual, and moving experience, discover the Christian music and the works of Michael W.
Smith. You will not be disappointed.
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