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?
Performance CreditsMichael 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 CreditsBrown 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
Stephanie McBrayer Art Direction
Ron Roark Graphic Design
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Second Decade 1993-2003 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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.
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.