Healing Rain

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Reunion
  • UPC: 602341007320
  • Catalog Number: 10073
  • Sales rank: 18,023

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Here I Am (5:10)
  2. 2 Healing Rain (4:59)
  3. 3 Live Forever (5:19)
  4. 4 Hang On (4:13)
  5. 5 Fly to the Moon (5:20)
  6. 6 Human Spark (4:50)
  7. 7 We Can't Wait Any Longer (4:42)
  8. 8 I Am Love (3:56)
  9. 9 Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:44)
  10. 10 Eagles Fly (3:07)
  11. 11 All I Want (4:33)
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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 III 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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