Album at a Glance:
Album Title: Worship
Album Genre: Worship
Album Runtime: About 1 hr. 7 min.
My Vote: 5 Thumbs Up: Don’t Wait for Santa – Get it Now!
Worship is a grand example of a solid live worship album. The album starts off with Psalm 57:7 and Psalm 57:9-11 being read before the high energy song Forever rings out. The live and special atmosphere of the concert create the perfect backdrop for a special time with the Lord.
The vocal parts are lead by Michael W. Smith, but you can hear the rest of the artists and the audience in the background, blending together in unity. The vocals are also easy to sing along with – nothing like church solo pieces disguised as group worship songs. This is corporate worship at it’s best – it’s just missing your voice singing along!
Throughout the music cd, the piano, violin, guitar, and other orchestration add a nice depth to the songs and overall listening experience…I think this is one of my favorite aspects of the album – the orchestration blends in without distracting from worship. As I was reviewing this cd, I realized that the violin was on just about every track – and it is superb. Even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of the violin or orchestras in general, please give this particular album a chance.
The first song, Forever, flows right in to a great song called, The Heart of Worship. I especially like the end of this track. There is about 35 seconds where Michael talks about ‘prayer songs.’ The feelings he describes from back in 2000-2001 are still applicable today.
The order of the tracks on this cd is great. If I created a playlist for this album, the song order wouldn’t be any better. There is a seamless flow from the first to the final song, even with the final songs being studio cuts (I’ll talk more about that in a second.).
The third song on the cd is Open the Eyes of My Heart. It is a fun, upbeat song that will have you singing right up there with everyone. It clocks in at a longer 5 minutes and 21 seconds.
The piano opening of Above All is lovely.
The melody in Breathe is awesome and so easy going. The background violin being played throughout the song is a favorite of mine.
Let it Rain is such a nice and subtle reminder that rain in the Old Testament was seen as a blessing. Rain nourished your crops and led to you being blessed and being able to provide for your family. It wasn’t this negative idea we see hanging around today. About 2 minutes into the song, there is a Bible reading from Psalm 97, in the Old Testament part of the Bible.
This cd includes my favorite recording of Agnus Dei to date. From the instrumental intro to the piano building toward the end, it’s fantastic!
If you like the song Awesome God you will enjoy this version as well. The tenth song on the album hits the mark perfectly and the drums in the background are a nice touch. The live concert sings a cappella for a short bit in the song as well.
One of my favorite songs on this album is More Love, More Power with its sweeping piano intro. The whole song reminds me of why I enjoy listening to piano music in the first place. (BTW, learn how to play this song as an instrumental and you will have an awesome addition to your repertoire).
Song 12 is Purified. It has a slightly different sound (studio instead of live), but this song, along with the rest of album, totally works. It also has some catchy hooks…and we hear a few nice electric guitar riffs throughout.
The last song to close out the album is Above All. The major difference between this version and the version played earlier in the album is that this one is done in the studio. Like Purified there is an addition of a more prominent electric guitar. But even being a studio cut, the track works great as a concluding song of the live concert, staying true to the album’s overall feeling.
I can (and do) play this album on repeat and I don’t skip over any song. It’s just that good. 🙂
This is one of my favorite Worship albums (and I’ve heard many over the years). If you like this one, there is also a second Worship album that came out later. It’s called, Worship Again. While I can highly recommend Worship Again, this first album, Worship, is still my first recommendation if you haven’t already added it to your worship music collection.
And speaking from personal experience, Worship, is a great music cd to play on a nice drive. Whether you have the car roof folded up in the trunk, the sunroof opened, or all the windows down, you’re in for a special evening drive. I can remember many awesome country drives from this album.
Some of my FAVORITE more subtle songs on this album include: More Love, More Power (song #11), The Heart of Worship (#2), Breathe (#7), Turn Your Eyes On Jesus [especially the violin/instrumental parts] (#4), Let it Rain (#8), Draw Me Close (#3)
Some of my FAVORITE more upbeat songs on this album include: Forever (song #1), Open the Eyes of My Heart (#5), Purified (#12), Above All (#6), Agnus Dei (#9)
Meg’s Content Cautions:
Overall, this is an awesome musical offering with positive, worshipful lyrics. It evokes an atmosphere of peace, love, and grace.
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Worship is a mainly live praise and worship album that is a living classic. Musically, it flows together seamlessly…And lyrically, it’s beautiful.
I highly recommend this album to anyone wishing to add background music to their prayer time.
I also highly recommend this album as a gift to put in a basket or to give just because.
General Music Information:
Album Artist/Producer: Michael W. Smith, Tom Laune
Album Genre: Worship
Album Year: 2001
Album Format: I bought the physical cd.
Album Runtime: About 1 hr 7 min.
Album Label: Reunion Records
How I Found It: I found out about it before it released and looked forward to buying it.
Where to Listen and Buy:
Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Worship-Michael-W-Smith/dp/B00005NQJV/
Buy Digitally on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/worship/id303181946