Healing Rain

Healing Rain

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by Michael W. Smith
     
 

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While Michael W. Smith's detour into worship music during the past five years has earned him numerous awards, a return to the pop fold is long overdue. Smith, after all, defined Christian pop with such culturally relevant releases as This Is Your Time and Change Your World, but the fact is, Healing Rain is a bit more spotty. Opening track "HereSee more details below

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While Michael W. Smith's detour into worship music during the past five years has earned him numerous awards, a return to the pop fold is long overdue. Smith, after all, defined Christian pop with such culturally relevant releases as This Is Your Time and Change Your World, but the fact is, Healing Rain is a bit more spotty. Opening track "Here I Am" is the kind of sweeping, rafter-raising anthem Smith has become known for, but it's followed by the title track, a simple hymn inexplicably given the same bombastic treatment, effectively reducing its message to a cliché. Indeed, much of Healing Rain offers a simplistic perspective: When things get tough, just repeat the mantra "hang on, no, never givin' up, never givin' in." Once you've accepted Christ, you're "ready to fly, watching eagles fly." Even death is given a cheery brush-off, since "I believe we'll live forever, you and I." Maybe in Smith's rarefied existence things are that cut-and-dried, but in the real world life asks a little more of our faith. Thankfully, Healing Rain redeems itself with more thoughtful tracks like "I Am Love" and a surprisingly resonant cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic "Bridge over Troubled Water," tracks that encourage in a way the others do not. While it isn't exactly Smith's best work, Healing Rain is a worthy return to the world of songwriting.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Douglas Losey
Michael W. Smith's career has spanned three decades, with over seven-million-records sold and 25 number one singles, Smith has consistently been one of Christian music's most solid performers. On his latest release Healing Rain, Smith uplifts his beliefs to produce a disc worthy of praise. On the cuts like the title track and "Here I Am" Smith seems at ease with his direction and his performance. On tunes like "Fly to the Moon" Smith varies from a piano driven melody and opts for guitars to lead the way while the cut "We Can't Wait Any Longer" offers up looping drums and synths to deliver a poignant message. An enjoyable detour exists in the form of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." While many would consider a Simon & Garfunkel cover to be untouchable, Smith covers the tune with realism and passion. The cut is not only musically excellent but vocally the song is delivered with conviction. Healing Rain is a statement for Michael W. Smith. It's a testimony to an artist comfortable within a genre that he's owned for 20 years.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
Label:
Reunion
UPC:
0602341007320
catalogNumber:
10073
Rank:
84568

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael W. Smith   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
James Gregory   Bass Guitar
Sheree Brown   Background Vocals
David Angell   Violin
Christi Black   Violin
Raymond Boyd   Percussion,Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Bruce Gaitsch   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Pearce   Guitar
Antoine Salley   Bass Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Sam Ashworth   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jeremy Bose   Bass Guitar
Lindsay Jamieson   Drums
Monisa Angell   Viola
Matt Slocum   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Darwin Hobbs   Background Vocals
LeAnne Palmore   Background Vocals
Keith Getty   Conductor
Paul Moak   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Sitar,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron,Vibes,E-bow,Toy Piano,Synthesizer Pads
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Strings
Nashville Chamber Orchestra   Strings
Mark Lekas   Cello
Anthony Sallee   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Charlie Peacock   String Arrangements
Michael W. Smith   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Paul Simon   Composer
Richie Biggs   Engineer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
Randy LeRoy   Digital Editing
Taylor Harris   Programming,Engineer
Aaron Swihart   Engineer
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Matt Bronleewe   Producer,Audio Production,Source Material
Marius Perron   Engineer
Sam Ashworth   Producer,Audio Production
Jeremy Bose   Programming
Robert Beeson   Executive Producer
F. Reid Shippen   Programming
Rob Burrell   Engineer
Stephanie McBrayer   Art Direction
Keith Getty   Orchestration
Paul Moak   Sound Effects,Contributor
Justin Loucks   Engineer

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