The Second Decade 1993-2003

The Second Decade 1993-2003

by Michael W. Smith
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Overview

He's still at his creative peak, but as Christian-pop phenom Michael W. Smith has been making hits for 20 years now, a new retrospective is due. Second Decade 1993-2003 offers 15 tracks that largely span the past decade ("Friends 2003" is a re-recorded version of his 1983 hit, while "Signs" and "Raging Sea" are new cuts). Interestingly, Smith's greatest crossover success came during the '80s, but as Second Decade makes clear, his recent work is easily his best. "Breakdown," "Cry for Love," "Love Me Good," and "Missing Person" are solid message pop, with strong bass-line beats and profound -- and radio-friendly -- lyrics. Smith's heartfelt ballads resonate as powerfully now as they did during times of national pain: "This Is Your Time," written after the Columbine High School shootings, and "Above All," which found its audience following the September 11th attacks, are two notables. Second Decade does include a few clunkers (such as the bombastic instrumental "Freedom"), but the greater sins are those of omission. The tender "Love Is Moving," his track from the Joshua soundtrack, and "There She Stands," his patriotic anthem, are two shining moments that should never have been overlooked. There you have it: A 15-track retrospective isn't large enough to encompass a decade's worth of great music by Michael W. Smith. Is there any greater compliment to this groundbreaking artist?

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2003
Label: Reunion
UPC: 0602341008020
catalogNumber: 10080

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael W. Smith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Raymond Boyd   Percussion,Drums
Nashville String Machine   Performing Ensemble
Antoine Salley   Bass
David Hamilton   Conductor
Nirva Dorsaint   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Michael W. Smith   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Brent Bourgeois   Composer
Wes King   Composer
Paul Baloche   Composer
Mark Heimermann   Producer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
Tom Laune   Producer
Lenny LeBlanc   Composer
Bryan Lenox   Producer
Patrick Leonard   Producer
Deborah Smith   Composer
David Hamilton   Orchestral Arrangements
Rob Burrell   Engineer,Remixing
Ryan Smith   Composer
Tim Parker   Graphic Design,Cover Design
Traditional   Composer
Stephanie McBrayer   Art Direction
Ron Roark   Graphic Design

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The Second Decade 1993-2003 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this Cd of Michael W.Smith's because it is a mix of some of his older and newer songs. I love his old style,but I also love some of his new songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a twenty-something Christian man, Michael W Smith's music has been a big part of my walk with the Lord through the years. And though I've fallen at times and strayed, Michael's music has always helped bring me back to what is lasting, what is important. The Second Decade makes a good collection of songs, though it is by no means a complete set of all his best music in the last ten years. Two new songs begin and end the compilation, including "Raging Sea", being a tender and assuring dialogue from God to humankind. His albums Live The Life, I'll Lead You Home, i2eye, Worship, and his instrumental album Freedom are all represented on the disc, as well as a special rendition of his most popular song, Friends, featuring Amy Grant, Point of Grace, Steven Curtis Chapman, and others. If you're new to Michael, start with this disc and its predecessor, The First Decade. If you're a Michael fan, this will make a good addition to your Smith collection, especially if you can nab the special edition that comes with music videos of "Secret Ambition", "There She Stands", and others. Feel like chatting about Michael and his music? Contact me. It's always good to hook up with a fellow fan.
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