A New Hallelujah

A New Hallelujah

by Michael W. Smith


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Church-geared worship music is a no-brainer for Michael W. Smith. The style comes so easily to him: A New Hallelujah, his third live praise collection, feels as if it could have been conjured up in his sleep. Not one to do things on a small scale, Smith and a conglomerate of musicians, singers, and stagehands took to one of America's biggest megachurches, Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, to bring to fruition this lively crop of praise choruses, an assemblage of covers and Smith originals that, in one way or another, attempt to replicate the tone and tenor of his mega-sellers Worship and Worship Again. It's been a long six years since those two albums, so it stands to reason that A New Hallelujah doesn't quite reach similar plateaus, even though it bears all the hallmarks of a Smith concert -- singable melodies, serviceable pop
ock arrangements, and even a little grandstanding. To remain relevant in the worship arena -- he did, after all, go back to the Christian pop realm after the Worship craze subsided, to mixed results -- Smith handpicked a number of praise staples from the likes of Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, and Delirious?, and even called on church-focused composers Paul Baloche, Israel Houghton, and Martin Smith for co-write assists. In the end, though, the particulars about A New Hallelujah seem to matter little to the tens of thousands in attendance -- the fact that they are being led in corporate singing by the CCM star is reason enough for them to respond heartily. When the music fades, though, A New Hallelujah is no more than another notch in Smith's live catalog -- far from essential to the praise & worship canon, but an otherwise likable entry from one of Christian music's original modern psalmists.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2008
Label: Reunion
UPC: 0602341013321
catalogNumber: 10133
Rank: 91733

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael W. Smith   Primary Artist,Drums
Michael Mellett   Leader,Background Vocals,Choir Director
Michael Olson   Drums
Spence Smith   Drums
Stephen Jackson   Background Vocals
Coalo Zamorano   Vocals,Soloist
Matt Payne   Drums
Jim Daneker   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Fiona Mellett   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael W. Smith   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Paul Baloche   Composer
Bob Ezrin   Executive Producer
Debbie Smith   Composer
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Matt Bronleewe   Composer
Terry Hemmings   Executive Producer
Rob Burrell   Engineer
Stu Garrard   Composer
Louie Giglio   Composer
Chris Tomlin   Composer
Reuben Morgan   Composer
Jim Daneker   Programming
Israel Houghton   Composer
Joel Houston   Composer

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A New Hallelujah 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Milbrath More than 1 year ago
It's Michael W. Smith, need I say more? This man has such a gift with music. I sit down to listen and I'm swept away in awe of the music and the vision behind every song he does. I always feel the power of God when I hear Michael W. Smith music and it makes me want to get up and get out there. Definitely worthy of adding to MWS collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The music on the CD is majestic. When worshiping to the music from the CD, I felt my soul sour as though I was worshiping the LORD with all of creation, as well as the angels. If you are a true worshiper, worshiping the LORD in spirit for He is spirit, this CD is a must to purchase and to share with others so that they could also join in.
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