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Album Review

Church-geared worship music is a no-brainer for Michael W. Smith. The style comes so easily to him: A New Hallelujah, his third live praise collection, feels as if it could have been conjured up in his sleep. Not one to do things on a small scale, Smith and a conglomerate of musicians, singers, and stagehands took to one of America's biggest megachurches, Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, to bring to fruition this lively crop of praise choruses, an assemblage of covers and Smith originals that, in one way or another, attempt to replicate the tone and tenor of his mega-sellers Worship and Worship Again. It's been a long six years since those two albums, so it stands to reason that A New Hallelujah doesn't quite reach similar plateaus, even though it bears all the hallmarks of a Smith concert — singable melodies, serviceable pop/rock arrangements, and even a little grandstanding. To remain relevant in the worship arena — he did, after all, go back to the Christian pop realm after the Worship craze subsided, to mixed results — Smith handpicked a number of praise staples from the likes of Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, and Delirious?, and even called on church-focused composers Paul Baloche, Israel Houghton, and Martin Smith for co-write assists. In the end, though, the particulars about A New Hallelujah seem to matter little to the tens of thousands in attendance — the fact that they are being led in corporate singing by the CCM star is reason enough for them to respond heartily. When the music fades, though, A New Hallelujah is no more than another notch in Smith's live catalog — far from essential to the praise & worship canon, but an otherwise likable entry from one of Christian music's original modern psalmists.

Customer Reviews

New Hallelujah

It's Michael at his best. Some old songs, some new, but all blended together to make a great album. The drum intro on the first song made the hairs on my arm stand up. Deep In Love With You, Love In His Right Hand, take your pick all fantastic songs. This album will not disappoint. Sit back shut your eyes, sing along and let God take you on an amazingly annointed journey of His acceptance and love for you.

One of the best worship albums ever

As soon as I heard the first track, I knew it was a powerful album. Michael W Smith creates a brilliant medley of the deepest worship songs of late, mixing his own songs (Healing Rain, Deep in love with You) with other powerful worship anthems; creating a truely amazing experience for the listener. His altered version of 'I Surrender All' is beautiful, as is the exciting gospel choir moment at the end of 'Help is on the Way'. Note: "O Draw me Lord", and "Love in His right hand" are iTunes only, as are the edits of A New Hallelujah. Get the whole album - nothing will disappoint.

Hallelujah

Just Beautiful - a touch of heaven!

Biography

Born: 07 October 1957 in Kenova, WV

Genre: Inspirational

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Michael Whitaker Smith became one of the most enduringly popular artists on the contemporary Christian music front and also found considerable success as a mainstream artist. In 1981, he signed to Meadowgreen Music as a staff writer, providing gospel hits to such artists as Sandi Patti, Kathy Troccoli, Bill Gaither, and Amy Grant. His 1983 debut album, Michael W. Smith Project, garnered him a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Performance. Afterward, he changed musical directions and began recording...
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