Alive

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Rock 'n' roll with a pop polish describes Alive, the solo debut from Todd Smith. As one-third of contemporary praise trio Selah, Smith is better known for rich harmonies and acoustic updates of traditional hymns, making Alive a major about-face. The implication of backpedaling is appropriate: Alive seems firmly rooted in the '70s and '80s style of rock made famous by Kansas, Foreigner, Journey, and the like. The title track rocks hard, full of slamming guitar riffs and throbbing drums-typical of the cuts on Alive. On ballads like "Sad Song" and "Our Love Will Survive," Smith musters some old-time power-ballad energy and conviction. But the sound is dated, and Smith takes ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Rock 'n' roll with a pop polish describes Alive, the solo debut from Todd Smith. As one-third of contemporary praise trio Selah, Smith is better known for rich harmonies and acoustic updates of traditional hymns, making Alive a major about-face. The implication of backpedaling is appropriate: Alive seems firmly rooted in the '70s and '80s style of rock made famous by Kansas, Foreigner, Journey, and the like. The title track rocks hard, full of slamming guitar riffs and throbbing drums-typical of the cuts on Alive. On ballads like "Sad Song" and "Our Love Will Survive," Smith musters some old-time power-ballad energy and conviction. But the sound is dated, and Smith takes himself a tad too seriously. A lightening of the mood is sorely needed-something offered only on the gentle closing track, "Sweet Jesus." This acoustic gem offers a moment free of hair-metal guitar angst, allowing some real emotion to shine through, and one of the few moments that really comes, er, "alive."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Curb Mod Afw
  • UPC: 715187884823
  • Catalog Number: 78848
  • Sales rank: 303,864

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Run (4:24)
  2. 2 Lukewarm (3:15)
  3. 3 Alive (3:17)
  4. 4 Turn to You (4:02)
  5. 5 So Much Greater (3:32)
  6. 6 Sad Song (4:49)
  7. 7 Outside (3:36)
  8. 8 Dear Leopold (4:15)
  9. 9 Our Love Will Survive (4:40)
  10. 10 Sweet Jesus - Matthew West (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Todd Smith Primary Artist
James Gregory Bass
Steve Brewster Drums
Connie Ellisor Violin
Jim Grosjean Viola
Pamela Sixfin Violin, Concert Master
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Matt Bronleewe Guitar
Todd D. Smith Background Vocals
Karen Winkelmann Violin
Bruce Christensen Viola
Tony Morra Drums
Cate Myer Violin
Gerald Greer Violin
Dave Angell Violin
Paul Moak Electric Guitar
Gary Burnett Electric Guitar
Matthew West Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Eaton Composer
Scott Dente Contributor
Craig White Engineer
Matt Bronleewe Composer, Producer
Jay Smith Art Direction
Jeremy Bose Programming
Todd D. Smith Producer, Vocal Producer
Tony Wood Composer
Todd Smith Composer
Jimmy Collins Programming, Producer
Matthew West Composer
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