STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 49645-14847 LABEL: Reunion 602341013321 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2008-10-27 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
At long last a high profile worship release has looked beyond the confines of the American church to present worship with something of a global flavour and on this set the CCM star is to be congratulated for carrying off the occasional musical flavourings of the world Church so effectively. The title track with the African Children's Choir is a delight while the Spanish delivery by Coalo Zamorano on "I Surrender All" is another highlight. Recorded on 20th June in Houston, Texas with more than 12,000 worshippers, the album demonstrates far more vocal fire and musical ingenuity from the singer/pianist than on Michael's previous two big selling but musically patchy worship albums. The title track, penned by Michael with wife Debbie and friend Paul Baloche, is surely destined to impact the world Church while overall the mix of new material and ancient favourites is deftly done. So often live worship projects abandon musical quality in favour of ambient noise atmosphere, but here the balance is just about perfect.
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Recorded live on 20 June in Houston, Texas, with more than 12,000 worshippers in attendance, artist, composer, author and worship leader Michael W. Smith recorded his third highly-anticipated worship album A New Hallelujah.
“Since my last world tour a few years ago, I’ve been looking forward to recording a live worship project that refl ected something more global than I’ve ever done before; a collection of songs and voices to translate what I experienced that
year. I had hoped for an evening of worship that refl ected the corners of our nation, and the world; I think we captured that. My great friend
Israel Houghton, the world renowned African Children’s Choir, an incredible young worship leader named Coalo Zamorano and a 250-voice choir elevated the songs to amazing moments of praise and worship. It was more than I could have hoped for,” shares Smith.
The title track was penned by Michael, his wife Debbie and friend Paul Baloche and the album was arranged and produced by Michael. With several new songs that Michael wrote especially for this project, as well as familiar ones such as Mighty to Save and I Surrender All, A New Hallelujah offers a uniquely moving worship experience for both fans of his highly-successful Worship albums, as well as those who are just discovering his music for the first time.