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Michael W. Smith [A New Hallelujah]
Posted October 31, 2008
By christianmusicreview,


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Michael W. Smith does a great job on his new album, A New Hallelujah. I always enjoy getting in a relaxed, quiet, and worshipful atmosphere and popping in a good worship album and this CD is now going to be my new first choice for that. When I pressed play and the intro began I was already “feeling it” because I love when artist read scriptures and uses spoken words and this did just that.

The next few tracks had great message to them and were very well performed. I enjoyed the tracks “A New Hallelujah” and “When I Think Of You” being performed with the African Children’s Choir. I am always amazed at the voices and the anointing of those children’s choirs. As soon as the CD player rolled over to track 5 and the first beat hit I recognized one of my most recent favorite worship songs, “Mighty to Save.” From this point on, at least for me, the album seemed to really pick up.

Many of the songs became familiar and truly a great line up of selections to help lead anyone into a worship experience. In the midst of familiar lyrics and beats were some very new and fresh songs that were very powerful, track 8 for example, “Deep in Love with You,” really focused in on the extravagant love between the believer and God. As I said before the tracks just built up so nicely and stayed constant with a good worshipful feel to the whole album. The album culminated with a song entitled, “The River is Rising.” I felt this was a great song to end it on as it left me wanting more as I wanted to experience the river of God.

CLOSING THOUGHTS
In closing I thought this album was very well executed, some worship albums are just a selections of worship songs burnt on to a CD, but I felt this was nicely put together to help the listeners experience a worship service wherever they may be.

Rating: 9.3 out of 10 (93%, A-)

Review written by: Dale Clayton | Review can also be found here.

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