Michael Card - The Word: Recapturing The Imagination

Monday 1st February 1993
Michael Card - The Word: Recapturing The Imagination
Michael Card - The Word: Recapturing The Imagination

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14801-26385
LABEL: Sparrow SPD1323

Reviewed by Susan Lumsden

Card continues to delve into the unthumbed pages of our Bibles, this time focusing on the prophets. His aim is to bring their "poetry and paradox, music and metaphor" to life for today's listener. But he can't do it on his own. We need to put in action the creaky machinery of our imaginations. This album is at its best when stimulating our thoughts, not handing them to us on a plate, as in "Song Of Gomer", a sensitive insight into the feelings of a prophet's unfaithful bride. The heart cry of the prophet is encapsulated in the acappella "Will You Not Listen?" This album will succeed because these moments of insight are interspersed with plenty of the catchy middle-of-the-road songs for which Card is famous. Yet its achievement is no mean feat. In today's church, we leave our imaginations at the door, then wonder why the Old Testament means nothing to us. Card brings both back within our reach - and it is welcome.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. The Prophet [Listen]
2. So Many Books... [Listen]
3. Then They Will Know [Listen]
4. Recapture Me [Listen]
5. Song Of Gomer [Listen]
6. Who Can Abide- [Listen]
7. Through The Eye - And A Little Child Shall Lead Them [Listen]
8. Valley Of Dry Bones [Listen]
9. Will You Not Listen- [Listen]
10. The Kingdom [Listen]
11. I Will Bring You Home [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 14:25 on Oct 24 2011

Michael never fails to appeal to the true believer; we are introduced to another collection of GOD-sent songs. The opening song "The Prophet" is amazing!:
great song for the 90's ccm era: same with the follow
-up hit "So Many Books". Michael recruits some top vocalists/musicians for this recording; Christine Dente
(of duo Out of the Grey), gospel recording artist Trace Balin, and top songwriter Kip Raines( future drummer for pop band Little River Band 2004-05). Christine Dente's angelic vocals accent the songs " Recapture Me" & "The Kingdom". I love "Who Can Abide?"; it is for the here and now! I was always amazed at the story of how GOD made dry bones come to life; you did a swell job capturing it in song Michael, thank U!
"Will You Not Listen" causes me to be still, while it speaks and wraps around my heart and soul; reminds me of Amy Grant's recording "Be Still My Soul". To bring it all to a perfect close, the songset ends with the touching piano of "I Will Bring You Home". The above writer's comments seems to fall short of what should've been written, for one of the top ccm artists of our time. Michael brings life and light to all the Bible Stories we have read and heard about for so long. We are so blessed by his gift of music. GOD Bless! -Don

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