Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Ultimate Music Makeover

Ultimate Music Makeover: The Songs of Michael W. Smith is a great CD for long-time fans of Michael W. Smith. The album features new covers of ten classic MWS songs: Go West Young Man, You Need A Savior, Rocketown, Secret Ambition, Pray For Me, The Race Is On, Lamu, The Other Side, Missing Person, and Friends.

Go West Young Man, from the album Go West Young Man, is covered by All Star United--and they do a great job! One of the definite highlights of the album. Individually, I would rank this song as five stars.

You Need A Savior, from the album Michael W. Smith Project, is covered by Sarah Kelly. Unfortunately, it is one of the low points on the album for me. I like her rendition of the verses of the song, but when she changes the melody of the chorus...she loses my support. I would rank this song as three stars.

Rocketown, from the album The Big Picture, is covered by Shaun Groves. This song is definitely in contention for being one of the best songs on the album. Definitely a five-star song.

Secret Ambition, from the album i 2 eye, is covered by the David Crowder Band. While it is hard for a cover to ever be "better" than the original, this song (along with Rocketown) comes close. Five Stars.

Pray For Me, also from the album i 2 eye, is covered by Plumb. I have not warmed up to this song...at least not yet. It takes a truly beautiful song and makes it musically odd and puzzling. Three stars.

The Race Is On, from the album Michael W. Smith Project, is covered by Michael W. Smith's son Ryan. It is a pleasant song highlighting one of those 'forgotten' songs in MWS's career. (Although I own the album MWS Project, I have never paid much attention to this particular song.) Four stars.

Missing Person, from the album Live the Life, is covered by Tree 63. It's another good song on the album. 5 stars.

Lamu, from the album The Big Picture, is covered by Taylor Sorensen. It is a pleasant song. For fans of the 'original' Lamu, they will find the cover a much calmer and more restrained song. (You can actually understand the lyrics.) This song just makes me want to listen to the original song :) 4 stars.

On The Other Side, from the album i 2 eye, is covered by Todd Agnew. It is a good song. I enjoy Agnew's vocals. 5 stars.

Friends, from the album Michael W. Smith Project, is covered by Stryper. I would say it's a good song. 4 stars.

Overall, I would say this is a great CD. The best songs on the album kept the 'heart' of each song alive despite their own musical changes to the songs.