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  • Audio CD (May 10 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B003ZDZ220
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 release from the contemporary Christian singer/songwriter. Twelve new songs pack this new MWS project with subject matter that is sure to pierce your heart, backed by a relevant music journey. Smitty says, ''These songs on this project are hopeful, anthemic and healing, musically and lyrically. I had a lot I wanted to say and the songs on this album allowed me to open up and do just that.''

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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michele on Oct. 27 2010
Format: Audio CD
It is amazing CD, I love it, to the item I'll give it 5 stars. however the cd cover which was packed by amazon.ca is really damaged, it's pity, becuase I bought a brand new and it has arrived broken and scratched. Thus, I am going to give to amazon.ca 0 stars, becuase the bad quality of the package.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A deep, powerful, emotional, poetic, album Sept. 28 2010
By Aviya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm having some difficulty accurately relaying my emotional response to this new record by Michael W. Smith. It would be cliche to call it visceral, although that's exactly what it is. I would say that it is a radical departure, an amazing, well-crafted work, from an artist whose been around several decades. Michael W. Smith reveals his vulnerabilities, his overtly paternal affectations in a not-so-distinct, somewhat somber, yet upbeat, almost disturbingly passionate manner. Every album Michael W. Smith has produced is distinctly different from any other and this one is no exception. I highly, highly, highly recommend it.
43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Criticism from a true fan Oct. 14 2010
By Levi Gangi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Let me open by saying that I have every album Michael has ever made. That's right...everything from "Project" up through this current offering. He was my inspiration to continue piano lessons as a kid, and was an early inspiration in songwriting. I've seen him in concert several times and think he is a genuine guy and a great entertainer.

The Smitty/Wayne Kirkpatrick songwriting duo was incredible. The lyrics fit the music, and still carried a moving message. Since Michael has started writing with others, I think the songwriting has suffered. Musically this album is rich and powerful...which is Michael's work, no doubt. But the lyrics just don't fit anymore. It's like he is trying to get these deep messages across, then copying someone's words onto music that doesn't complement it. On Wonder (Not Far Away) Michael is talking the verses, "Everybody has enough to bear / and everyone feels the strain / there's a lot that really isn't fair / but it isn't more than you can take." Not a bad topic for a song, but you can't just take lyrics and say them over some music. Michael did a similar song a decade ago with Kirkpatrick lyrics called "Give Me Love" but the quirky lyrics fit the rapid-fire delivery style. Not so with Wonder.

There is just a lot of "talking" going on, and not singing. The message on "Leave" is lost because there is really no melody at all. It's like reading a poem with music behind it. The trick to pop songwriting is to take words and craft them into a soaring melody - the words and the melody should be inseparable. Think of Michael's earlier works: Place in This World, Give it Away (perfect lyrical fit with that song), Secret Ambition, I'll Lead You Home, Never Been Unloved. These songs soar because the lyrics are lifted up by the melodies.

I appreciate that Smitty is trying to stay relevant in the Christian music scene, and that he is working with a variety of artists (Leeland, Matthew West). But I think he shines the most when it's just him and the piano, cutting to the core of the song. The best song on Wonder is "Welcome Home." Beautiful melody and piano chording. If he came out with an album of vocals and piano, all written by him, I can guarantee it would be his best work in a decade.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Undeserved criticism; Another great CD by a remarkable artist Dec 23 2010
By Judzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I appreciate criticism of an artist that is straight forward and musicially based. I don't have the same appreciation for criticism that points multiple CDs backwards and laments "that was my favorite one and you aren't turning that 12 song cd into a 24 song cd with your latest work." Artists stay fresh by stretching their limits. However you define this CD, it is musicially excellent. If you want that Michael W Smith from the past dancing all over the stage to a disco beat like he did thirty years ago; buy the DVD. Don't drive other listeners away with the statement that this isn't like a past CD and therefore is no good. There is not a bad song on this CD. The opening song is not even a song written by Michael. It is a piece by a little known band CarPark North. And it is a great song. That he even knows of this band demonstrates his breadth as an ever learning and growing artist. Michael has never had a "spectacular" voice. But he has always been capable of using to full capacity the pipes that he has and he uses every bit of of the emotional range of them including full tilt on this CD. More importantly he knows how to write great songs. My personal tastes don't run in the electronically driven production of his CD Rain, but that doesn't lead me to opine that the CD is bad and getting thrown out of my collection. Like other reviewers I have every CD he has ever written, including his multiple Christmas CDs and his orchestral CD. They are all splendid. I have my favorites which means I rank some higher than others. But they are all remarkable works. He is a unique, special artist that seems to have a musicial well that never goes dry. The guy is phenominal. Buy this CD. It is an excellent set of songs, well produced and remarkably performed by an artist who is still growing, focused and driven.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Sept. 30 2010
By Diane Zavocki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After 22 albums this is one of his best.A mixture of pop,rock,worship,and love songs.You will not be disappointed.He is not getting older but is getting better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful Variety of Music - to touch all of your Moods Nov. 23 2010
By G. Max Gooding - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I really appreciate this album, MWS shows that he a real seasoned psalmist by the variety of the genres of music that this album covers. Seldom it is that when you purchase a CD that every track is a great track. But in my opinion, this is the case here. Below is a breakdown of the tracks and the genres that I think that the tracks fall into:

GENRE:: Tracks
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Rock: 1, 7 (track 7 has a really cool bridge that will get you moving)
POP: 2
Worship: 3, 6, 8, 12
Easy Listening: 4, 10
Prayerful: 5
Romantic: 9
Faith Building: 11

So far tracks 7 and 12 are my favorites. I especially love the interlude and ending of track 12 - you can really get into some deep worship here. This is a CD that everyone in the family can truly enjoy.


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