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Michael W. Smith has proven his gifts as an instrumental artist with such popular releases as 2000’s Freedom. Glory continues in a similar orchestral vein with a cycle of new compositions invoking reverent and patriotic themes. Recording with the 65-piece London Symphonica, Smith and arranger/conductor David Hamilton take the listener from lush, classically influenced pieces to simpler settings and back again. The album brings to mind the grand scores of James Horner, Hans Zimmer, and similar film composers; with their billowing strings and yearning woodwinds, “Glory Overture,” “The Blessing,” and “The Romance” especially conjure up images of sweeping landscapes and rapturous onscreen reunions. Such dramatic flourishes are balanced by starker, more melancholy pieces like “Atonement” and “Joy Follows Suffering” (the latter featuring a poignant classical guitar solo by Mark Baldwin). The stately martial strains of “Patriot” and “Heroes” pay homage to America’s fighting forces. “Whitaker’s Wonder” lightens the mood with whimsical touches in the manner of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

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Great manipulation music....this album and the Chris tomlin album touch a lot on the symbolisms of Mithra!

Michael W. Smiths best project to date, better then "Freedom"!

This album was predicted to match "Freedom". Instead, "Glory" has surpassed it with 5 stared reviews on EVERY review I've read. My Dad gave this record to a person who knows classical music very well. He called my Father up and told him it was unlike anything he has ever heard in his life, the best classical/instrumental record he's ever heard, and also inspiring in many ways.... This coming from an unsaved person. Michael W. Smith deserves not only a Grammy award, but a big oppurtuntiy to score a movie because in this record, he shows many styles. "Agnus Dei", being that is my favorite worship song, was done in a heavenly, endtime fashion. As you listen to the song, you quickly think Revelations 19:11, where the Heavens opened and there you see Jesus Christ coming out from the clouds. Then ending with a touch of "Gloria".. Genious! Another great song "Glory Battle".. Picture the battle between good/evil, then "Whitakers Wonder" blends well with a Johnney Depp type scene.. This whole album is fantastic! If you thought "Freedom" was his best record, perhaps you haven't listened to "Glory". I highly recommend this album to anyone, saved or unsaved.

Simply Beautiful!

Simply beautiful! "Glory" is an awe-inspiring new offering from MWS. Great follow up to "Freedom" which in my opinion is one of the best projects in Smitty's collection of albums. Now "Glory" is right up there with it!


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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