Glory

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Michael W. Smith's success as a CCM crossover singer/songwriter has tended to obscure his major talent, which is, simply, as a composer of music. In 2000, he emphasized that talent with the all-instrumental album Freedom, and 11 years later he does so again on Glory. This time, Smith, a master of synthesized keyboards, has chosen to try his hand at acoustic orchestral music, employing the London Symphonica conducted by David Hamilton, who orchestrated his compositions. Smith himself plays acoustic piano. The instrumentation accentuates the composer's debts to European classical music, especially of the Romantic era. That's not surprising, given his affection for major-key melodiousness, in which grand themes are delivered warmly, if with a tendency toward bombast. However lyrical a piano figure may be in Smith's music, a crescendo leading to a triumphant climax is never far away. Smith's intentions are signaled by the overall album title, which refers not only to his Christian religion, but also to other forms of exaltation, such as that suggested by "Patriot," which has a hint of the old folk tune "Shenandoah," and "Heroes," with its lone trumpet (played by Jeff Bailey) seeming to mark it as a candidate for use in a military funeral. "Whitaker's Wonder," on the other hand, might be a lost section of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," and evokes a vision of ballet dancers prancing across a stage. Guitarist Mark Baldwin duets with the composer on "Joy Follows Suffering," while violinist Gabrielle Lester dovetails with his playing on "Atonement," both melancholy tunes leading, inevitably, to more wholesome resolutions. In Smith's music, sadness may be suggested, but only as a difficulty leading to, as the buoyant, celebratory "Redemption" implies, a satisfying conclusion that his faithful listeners will understand, without any words being sung, is brought about by Christian faith. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

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Artist: Michael W. Smith
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44
Walmart No.: 0
UPC: 0085676200300
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1. Glory Overture
2. Patriot
3. Heroes
4. Forever
5. The Blessing
6. Whitaker's Wonder
7. Joy Follows Suffering
8. Glory Battle
9. Atonement
10. Redemption
11. The Romance
12. The Tribute/Agnus Dei
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11/21/2011

Customer review by GoldLeaf

5.0 stars by GoldLeaf

As you listen to this album, prepare to be fully captivated. Each piece will paint vivid pictures onto the canvas of your imagination, and will stir up emotions that will make you feel like you're living the music you hear. Each melody has its story. Each one different, yet so beautiful.. so deep. I must of listened to this album a hundred times over. I guarantee you will, too! Brilliant work, Michael W. Smith!

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GoldLeaf
Los Angeles, CA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Ownership:1 week or less
Gender:Female
Age:35 - 44
Usage:Every day
Exceptional!
11/18/2011

Customer review by splash25

5.0 stars by splash25

This album not only meets expectations but surpasses them. Michael W. Smith has done it again! The instrumental album, Glory, is simply incredible. The music is powerful and moving. So thankful that Michael made another instrumental album. I love his first one and Glory is sure to be played frequently in my home!

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splash25
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Fills your heart with praise to God!
6/6/2012

Customer review by laserleopard

5.0 stars by laserleopard

I love this album! It is incredible that an instrumental album could evoke such a spirit of praise and worship. I can almost "see" what he is trying to convey. It sounds like a soundtrack to a movie, especially one composed by John Williams, which are my favorites. I have listened to this CD nonstop at work for the past week.

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laserleopard
Ballston Lake, NY
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Ownership:1 week or less
Gender:Female
Age:55 - 64
Usage:Every day
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