Sounds like … a varied blend of worshipful pop styles the echo the work of Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, Delirious, and Israel Houghton, not to mention congregations like Hillsong and New Life
At a glance … mixing new originals with well-known favorites by other artists, A New Hallelujah is on par with Michael W. Smith's previous best-selling worship projects, even though stretches of the album are somewhat repetitive and simplistic.
It's time that longtime fans of Michael W. Smith accept that the pop star of the '80s and '90s is gone (though certainly not forgotten). Sure, he still plays classics like "Friends" and "This Is Your Time" in concert, but we shouldn't expect albums like i2eye or Go West Young Man anytime soon. With the turn of the century, it's as if Smitty said farewell to the pop pursuits of his early career to focus on the projects closest to his heart: instrumental scores and worship music.
And why shouldn't he? It's not as if the guy hasn't earned the right to record whatever he wants after 25 years. Besides, if a return to pop means a disappointing project like 2006's Stand, then perhaps it's best Smith sticks to worship music. He's obviously very good at it, having planted a church where he regularly leads. Fans seem to agree, having made 2001's Worship and its 2002 sequel Worship Again two of his biggest selling albums.
02. Prepare Ye the Way
03. A New Hallelujah
04. When I Think of You
05. Mighty to Save
06. Shout Unto God
07. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
08. Deep in Love with You
09. Healing Rain / Let It Rain
11. I Surrender All
13. Intro to Help Is on the Way
14. Help Is on the Way
15. The River Is Rising