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|Michael W Smith|
Genres: Pop, Christian
Encouraged by the chart success of his first two releases, Michael W. Smith spent seven months in the studio in 1985 and '86 and the result was this ultraconfident-sounding recording. The Big Picture is buoyed by "Old Enou... more »
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Encouraged by the chart success of his first two releases, Michael W. Smith spent seven months in the studio in 1985 and '86 and the result was this ultraconfident-sounding recording. The Big Picture is buoyed by "Old Enough to Know" and "Rocketown," two magical numbers that are clearly aimed at the youth market. The former is an encouraging ballad to a young girl who struggles with her sexuality, while the latter is a semiautobiographical tale of Smith's small-town meeting with a traveling minister. The ensuing outcome is Smith's conversion to Christianity. The essential element here comes from Smitty's merging of radio rock-pop and a Christian message. The well-produced result helped change the direction of contemporary Christian music. --Michael Lyttle
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Darcy K. (Darcyjo) from ROXBORO, NC
Reviewed on 5/18/2007...
Another of Smitty's excellent works, the best known track being "Rocketown." If you enjoy Smitty's music and haven't heard his earlier projects, get to know where he came from as an artist.
One of the truly outstanding albums of the 1980s
David Kenner | Fort Worth, Texas United States | 05/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Michael W. Smith has carved out a career as an adult contemporary balladeer in recent years but this amazing LP showcased another side of this very versatile singer/songwriter/musician. Every song on this album is a tour de force. Too often there are Christian albums that, if you stripped away the message, are not left with anything of substance but not The Big Picture. There are many tracks on here that, with the right amount of push from the record company, could have been big radio hits. Indeed, Rocketown did become a hit on Christian/AC radio in 1986. That song is just the tip of the iceberg here though. Other standout cuts include Old Enough To Know, about the difficulty teenagers face everyday regarding pressures to give in to sexual desires, The Last Letter, a song about alternatives to suicide, and the raucous album closer, You're Alright, which proves that Smith could really rock. This album never gets old and if it had been given more mainstream exposure, would have to be widely considered the classic that it is."
MWS takes a quantum leap musically with this album.
Don Sanders | St. Louis, Missouri | 01/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After a fantastic premier effort and a solid second album, Michael W. Smith goes off the charts with "The Big Picture." Lavish production and driving rock overtures are the keys behind this fantastic recording. It is unlike any previous effort or anything since. By far, "The Big Picture" marks the pinnacle of MWS's early years."