Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Michael W. Smith|
Genres: Pop, Christian
With poignant lyics and moving musical expression, Michael W. Smith delivers an album that blends his pop sensibilities with the worship experience. Artist: Michel W. Smith Format: Audio CD, one disc, 11 tracks Producer: R... more »
With poignant lyics and moving musical expression, Michael W. Smith delivers an album that blends his pop sensibilities with the worship experience. Artist: Michel W. Smith Format: Audio CD, one disc, 11 tracks Producer: Reunion ISBN: 602341007320Track listing: 1. Here I Am 5:10 2. Healing Rain 4:59 3. Live Forever 5:19 4. Hang On 4:13 5. Fly to the Moon 5:18 6. Human Spark 4:52 7. We Can t Wait Any Longer 4:42 8. I Am Love 3:55 9. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:43 10. Eagles Fly 3:08 11. All I Want 4:34
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Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 11/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With two hugely successful praise CD's under his belt, Michael W. Smith decided to return to his pop roots for this CD. The result is still influenced by praise music.
Michael's career has been known for praise music from the very beginning. His first CD (PROJECT) produced the modern classic "Great Are You, Lord." He's also written praise-focused songs for Sandi Patty and Scott Wesley Brown among others. Here, he's got several more to add to the fold, including the title song. Not only can I see this song of renewal being sung in churches in the near future, but also the first track, "Here I Am," is a ready-made praise chorus about surrender. And while "All I Want" might not fit as easily into some churches, it falls into this category as well.
Not all the songs are new praise choruses, however. "Hang On" is a fun song of encouragement. "Live Forever" is another on a common theme for him, death of a loved one who is in Heaven. "We Can't Wait Any Longer" is reminiscent of many songs recorded over the years as a reminder of the needs around the world. Also included is a cover of the ballad "Bridge Over Troubled Water," the only song on here not co-written by Michael.
Over all, this CD seems to be missing something. I don't see it having any of the big hits from some of his other CD's. Maybe it's because there isn't a good mix of upbeat and slower songs. It has grown on me, and I like it better then THIS IS YOUR TIME. Still, not his best release."
Music Lover | USA | 02/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Healing Rain is Michael W. Smith's first album in a few years that wasn't (in the title anyway) completely focused on praise and worship music. Like his other pop/rock albums, however, he doesn't sway too far from praise and worship. The title song "Healing Rain" is only lacking time to be called a classic. The music on this disc will take you away and the lyrics as always are amazing. This is, in my opinion, his best album in years."
Smitty's Healing Rain - Awesome
Gary Hill | Staten Island, NY | 12/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I heard two tracks from this album at Smitty's Radio City Music Hall concert with Mercy Me. This album has very strong tracks, superior musicianship and most of all, he goes back to the body of work that made him famous.
Two songs that stand out for me is his version of Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and the title track. This album has helped me during a difficult time and hopefully, it will do for other people.
Way to go, Smitty!"