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Album Review

Just the title of Chris Rice's 2000 Rocketown Records release — Smell the Color 9 — is enough to draw curiosity on the part of listeners. After all, what exactly is the singer/songwriter alluding to with such a title? In essence, he is addressing the intangibleness of God. The project combines CCM with touches of folk stylings. Rice's reflective lyrics, which often ask more questions than they provide answers, are reminiscent of work by Rich Mullins or Nichole Nordeman. Songs include the musically circus-themed "Questions for Heaven" and the '70s-flavored "Magic Wand."

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I first heard this album at a christian camp. My councelors were talking about it every single day. I found "magic wand" extreamly powerful. This album brings back so many memories and absolutely encourage you to spend money on it. Not only is it powerful, but also very poetic. Definatly the best of Chris Rice

I Love Chris Rice!

This is undoubtedly one of the BEST Christian albums ever released, there is not a single crummy song on the whole thing! Other artists can tell stories pretty well in songs, but with Chris's songs, you don't have to read into the song at all, the message is plain. I highly recommend the entire album, but if you're not in the mood to buy a whole album, the must-haves are "Questions For Heaven", "Smell the Color 9" (that song is brilliant and fun, if you buy even just ONE song, that's got to be it!), "Home Tonight", "Magic Wand", "Sailing With Russell", and "Somebody's Watching". That's half the album anyway, so, again, you should just get the whole thing. GET THE WHOLE THING!

Used to listen to it when I was little!!!

I used to listen to this CD when I was little. My favorite song was "The Face of Christ" I used to think it was really fast and hard rock song. I don't like this CD at all anymore but I thought I would give it 5 stars because it brings back a lot of memories.


Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Outstanding gospel songwriter Chris Rice became a recording artist as well in 1996 after signing a contract with Michael W. Smith's own record label and releasing his debut album, Deep Enough to Dream. The son of Christian-bookstore owners from Maryland, Rice was obviously involved in the gospel industry as a child, but was also influenced by friends and relatives close to him. His songwriting career began in the mid-'80s, a full decade before he became the 1995 Christian Songwriter of the Year (according...
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