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It’s no accident that 1988’s I 2 (Eye) became Michael W. Smith’s first gold-certified album. This well-balanced collection of ballads and uptempo tracks reflects his desire to reach beyond the confines of the Christian music world. The songs here (co-written with Wayne Kirkpatrick) speak knowingly of the choices believers face in everyday situations. Sonically, much of I 2 (Eye) is an amalgamation of various ‘80s pop/rock styles, ending up somewhere between REO Speedwagon and George Michael. A touch of synthesizer-draped moodiness adds texture to “Ashton” and “Secret Ambition.” Smitty’s genial yet serious demeanor serves him well, whether he’s gliding along with a sparkling track like “The Throne” or delivering an affecting number like “I Hear Leesha.” I 2 (Eye)’s highly accessible sound provided a template for even more successful releases in the following decade. The album remains one of Smith’s most engaging efforts.

Customer Reviews

The Best of Michael W. Smith!

This is my all time favorite MWS album! The lyrics are great & the music is awesome! It's still powerful even though it is now more than 20 years old!

Still one of the best Christian albums out there

Michael!

Best album

This is the best Album by Michael! Time has passed by so fast and I still love the peace you feel hearing this album! One of the best ever!!!!!

Biography

Born: October 7, 1957 in Kenova, WV

Genre: Christian & Gospel

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

Michael W. Smith became one of the most enduringly popular artists in the contemporary Christian music market while also finding success as a mainstream artist. The songwriter was born in Kenova, West Virginia, the son of an oil refinery worker and a caterer. He became a devout Christian at age ten and spent his teenage years around a support group of fellow believers who frequently gathered to create music. That support group split up after high school, and Smith turned to alcohol, drugs, and wild...
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