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Darcy K. (Darcyjo) from CEDAR ISLAND, NC
Reviewed on 6/9/2007...
This was Smitty's very first solo release. Yes, you can tell how long ago it was, but there's still a lot of good stuff on this project, including choral pieces like "Great Is The Lord."
A solid start to a great career...
Chad Oberholtzer | Boalsburg, PA, USA | 06/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Michael W. Smith is one of my favorite artists, which somehow allows me to be more critical than I would of artists with whom I am less familiar. When stacked against the entirety of his many albums, this one is good but not great. The overwhelmingly articial sound of the synthesizer provides such a dated sound of the '80s, and not in a good way. And several of the songs, particularly "Friends," are overdone and ultimately rather cheesy.
Nonetheless, it is neat to experience the beginning of Smith as he begins to establish his niche. And you can see the songwriting chops that later produced some of the greatest works to come out of the contemporary Christian genre. "Could He Be the Messiah?" and "Be Strong and Courageous" are both full of energy and lots of fun. Near the end, it is fun to sing along to "Great is the Lord," a favorite praise chorus across the world for over 20 years.
Though I would recommend some of his later work (especially "i 2(EYE)" and "I'll Lead You Home") more highly, this is an album worth hearing."
We All Have To Start Somewhere
D. Christensen | Mancos, CO, US of A | 10/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a decent album, but by no means his best. Songs are slower than is to be expected if you've some of Smitty's later work. Includes the hit song "Friends", which in my opinion, is nothing special. The best song is "You Need A Savior". I'd get this if you're an avid fan of Smitty, but if this is the first album of his that you're going to purchase, don't get it. Try "The Big Picture" or "I'll Lead You Home". His two best works, I believe. This is still pretty good though, and has blatent Christ-centered themes."