by Todd SmithTodd Smith


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Rock 'n' roll with a pop polish describes Alive, the solo debut from Todd Smith. As one-third of contemporary praise trio Selah, Smith is better known for rich harmonies and acoustic updates of traditional hymns, making Alive a major about-face. The implication of backpedaling is appropriate: Alive seems firmly rooted in the '70s and '80s style of rock made famous by Kansas, Foreigner, Journey, and the like. The title track rocks hard, full of slamming guitar riffs and throbbing drums-typical of the cuts on Alive. On ballads like "Sad Song" and "Our Love Will Survive," Smith musters some old-time power-ballad energy and conviction. But the sound is dated, and Smith takes himself a tad too seriously. A lightening of the mood is sorely needed-something offered only on the gentle closing track, "Sweet Jesus." This acoustic gem offers a moment free of hair-metal guitar angst, allowing some real emotion to shine through, and one of the few moments that really comes, er, "alive."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2004
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187884823
catalogNumber: 78848
Rank: 187808

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Todd Smith   Primary Artist
Steve Brewster   Drums
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Pamela Sixfin   Violin,Concert Master
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Matt Bronleewe   Guitar
Todd D. Smith   Background Vocals
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Bruce Christensen   Viola
Tony Morra   Drums
Cate Myer   Violin
Gerald Greer   Violin
Dave Angell   Violin
Paul Moak   Electric Guitar
Gary Burnett   Electric Guitar
Matthew West   Background Vocals
James Gregory   Bass

Technical Credits

Chris Eaton   Composer
Scott Dente   Contributor
Craig White   Engineer
Matt Bronleewe   Composer,Producer
Jay Smith   Art Direction
Jeremy Bose   Programming
Todd D. Smith   Producer,Vocal Producer
Tony Wood   Composer
Todd Smith   Composer
Jimmy Collins   Programming,Producer
Matthew West   Composer

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