Michael W Smith - This Is Your Time

Tuesday 1st February 2000
Michael W Smith - This Is Your Time
Michael W Smith - This Is Your Time

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Reunion 602341004121
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

After the glorious pop album live The Life' (and let's quietly forget about the frankly atrocious Christmas album in '98) I was expecting this newie to be a rampant pop feast like its predecessor but uh oh! Sadly, it's not quite there but don't dismiss the album too quickly as you'll find that it's a grower rather than a grabber, even if it's not an absolute classic in the Smith catalogue. More laid back than some of his stuff, the only song coming close to "Love Me Good" is the stomping "Worth It All" which shuffles along to a hooky chorus. Once more, Smith collaborates with one of his all-time songwriting heroes, Nik Kershaw, on the catchy "Hey You It's Me", but there is one song here which will become an MWS classic. The title song is just one of many songs in America that has recently been inspired by the martyrdom of high schooler Cassie Bernall. Inspirational in feel and complemented by the closing rousing chorus of bagĀ­pipes, on paper I admit this all sounds doubtful but it really works! Talking of inspirational, "I Will Carry You" is another outstanding song and features a gospelly choir to wonderful effect. Some of the ballads are a bit on the cloying sentimental side so "Anna" and "She Walks With Me" leave me cold, and the plodding "Reach Out To Me", which he co-wrote with Jars Of Clay mainman Dan Haseltine, isn't anything special. On the other hand, I do like the optimism and driving beat of "I Still Have The Dream". This just highlights the fact that this album is just a little on the patchy side. A couple of Michael's most inspirĀ­ing songs ever, some pretty good pop and a few fillers mean that this isn't the classic you'd hoped for, but still worth checking out if you like Nashville style CCM.

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Product Description
Inspired by stories of tragedy and heroism at the Columbine High School shooting, Michael W. Smith challenges believers to live every moment and leave nothing to chance! Features the songs Anna, I Will Be Your Friend, Cassie, This Is Your Time and more.

Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 21:06 on Sep 18 2010

Great cd by Michael, the title song is simply a GOD sent!! The first time I saw Michael on video singing the song, was his 2003 concert DVD (20 years). I luv "This is your time", very poignant song!!; luv the video for the song as well; if you're not touched by it.. you need a recheck within! The bagpipes at the end of the song fit soo well, definitely Heaven sent!! There are sooo many good songs on this cd to grab any listener, a nice ccm style for today's ccm. GOD Bless! -Don

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