11 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
40 Ratings
40 Ratings
Jvhggjj ,

1988.....Great year of Albums

G.A.M.
1988 produced several albums that have stood the test of time, and
I 2 Eye was one of those. The production value is quality quality. Yes, I said quality twice.....on purpose. I love the songs for not only the musical excellence, but for the positive messages that are good influences on young and old alike. Oh, and if you're wondering what the other 1988 produced albums are that I feel are some of the best produced, here they are:
"Heaven", by BeBe and CeCe Winans, "Loves Still Changing Hearts", by the Imperials, "Lead Me On", by Amy Grant, and "This Means War", by Petra.

cm629 ,

30 years ago!!!!

I remember listening to this when I was like 9 years old. Takes me back. We listened to it all the time. What many people don't realize Michael Sweet (Lead singer of Stryper) does the backing vocals and guitar work in "All your missing is a heartache".

MusicGirl74 ,

My FAVORITE!!!

This is my all time favorite MWS album!!! I was a young "pre-teen" when this album came out, man hard to believe!!!! It's really good!!!!

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