Michael W. Smith "Sovereign" by Brianne Bellomy (cmaddict.com) on 2014-05-20 13:39:32
What can be said about Michael W. Smith that hasn’t already be said?? His work is known around the world and by ears of every age. From his instrumental albums, to his work with children’s choirs in Africa, to the countless worship songs we all know and love, Michael continues to bring new music to the masses and “Sovereign” is another winner.
Michael’s sound has drawn in the masses for over 30 years. From his pop tracks to his simple instrumental tracks, he proves time and times again that he is still a major player in the Christian music world. “Sovereign,” labeled as a worship album, has the ability to draw you directly into worship while still providing that more youthful pop sound of other up and coming artists in this era.
One of the strongest stop and worship moments is found in his duet with Kari Jobe on “The One That Really Matters.” The lyrics may be simple but the emotion that comes when truly just worshiping God through this song is overwhelmingly powerful. The simplicity of the lyrics allow anyone to join in the worship, but at the same time brings that one on one moment with God right to your heart.
The current radio single, “You Won’t Let Go,” displays the more pop like sound that Michael has been known for in the past. A great reminder that he still has a lot to offer his old fans and his newer ones.
On this album Michael brought in several new voices to help him along the way. Folks such as Seth Mosley and Kyle Lee who helped him write, “Miracle” which he states was his benchmark for the album. Chris York also helped push him forward in new directions.
As his website states, “I’m pretty passionate. I have lots of energy and I’m probably enjoying making music more than I ever have in my entire life. I’m having fun and I’m excited about this record and this next chapter.” This feeling is evident in each and every track on this album.
For old fans, “Smitty” is truly working at his best. For new fans, welcome to music for your soul.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Label: Sparrow Records
Release Date: May 13, 2014
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