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Live The Life

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Product description This is the one, the album Michael W. Smith has always wanted to make. Put simply, Live the Life is a masterpiece. The Christian music star has finally meshed his impressive songwriting skills and limited but effective singing with a tasteful producer's ear. The anthemic "Missing Person" sets the tone: Smith is playing for keeps. Guitars, not keyboards, play a large role on this release, as evidenced by Smith's cowriting with the vastly underrated Brent Bourgeois on "Live the Life," "Don't Give Up," and "Matter of Time." On the rest, Smith shares songwriting duties with master musician Wayne Kirkpatrick. Each number carries a depth unparalleled and showcases Smith's maturation. Fast, slow, happy, sad, quiet, and loud: you have it all on Live the Life. --Michael Lyttle Amazon.com This is the one, the album Michael W. Smith has always wanted to make. Put simply, Live the Life is a masterpiece. The Christian music star has finally meshed his impressive songwriting skills and limited but effective singing with a tasteful producer's ear. The anthemic "Missing Person" sets the tone: Smith is playing for keeps. Guitars, not keyboards, play a large role on this release, as evidenced by Smith's cowriting with the vastly underrated Brent Bourgeois on "Live the Life," "Don't Give Up," and "Matter of Time." On the rest, Smith shares songwriting duties with master musician Wayne Kirkpatrick. Each number carries a depth unparalleled and showcases Smith's maturation. Fast, slow, happy, sad, quiet, and loud: you have it all on Live the Life. --Michael Lyttle

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Genious!Since my years in Junior High, Michael W. Smith's music has been a large part of the soundtrack of my life. His music speaks to me in volumes. I played his music during the loss of my brother, and I play his music to my two toddler girls. He ranges from fast-paced, upbeat fun, to mellow, soothe-the-soul inspiration. No matter what, all his music is a devotion to Christ and a heartfelt dedication to our Lord. Michael W. Smith's music has been part of my "record" collection for over half my life... and will be through to the end. My thanks and genuine gratitude to Michael and his family, for walking with us in our faith to our Lord, and for sharing such inspirational talent during such worrisome years on this Earth. Thank You, Michael W. Smith... and Thank You, Christ Jesus.5Easy-listeningI like this album because it's one of Michael W. Smith's most artistic. Live the Life has a some-what mellow feel that's pleasant to the ear.4Excellent album, but not unmatchedMicheal does a great job on this project! The first three songs are my personal favorites, and steal the record both lyrically, and musically. The remainder of the CD is not revolutionary, but traditionally MWS. Knowing that he wrote almost all of this album with guitar, which is unusual, I was looking for more of a different type of music than it gave. I sensed the music kept going back to "I'll Lead You Home." Overall, I am happy with the effort, and recommend it.4Michael W Smith is truly AMAZING!!!My all-time favorite CCM male artist!! Love his music!!!!5Five StarsIt was great.5I remember entering a music store while shopping with some friends when my eyes fell on this great album, that was just releasedI remember how excited I was back in '98 when I traveled to the US for the 1st time in my life, in California to visit my cousin. I had already been introduced to Smitty's music a couple of years before and already owned Change your World and I'll lead you home. I remember entering a music store while shopping with some friends when my eyes fell on this great album, that was just released. All I wanted was running back home to have a listen to it. From the very first sound of angels echoing voices, I knew I would love this record. 19 years have passed and still, every time I listen to this great album, I'm amazed at the fact that it hasn't taken a riddle.. Just like I'll lead you home, I think it's one of his best record ever in its diversity of themes and music genres. Same authenticity in speaking life so naturally and profoundly, in its joyful but also in its fragile dimension. If I were to enter a music store today and saw this album, I would again buy it with same enthusiasm.5Five StarsLove this CD very impactful5Michael W. Smith's Last Great Pop ReleaseFor the last 10 years or so, Michael W. Smith's releases have been hit or miss. His worship projects have been great, but his pop releases have been disappointing. In fact, the last time I truly loved one of his projects was 1998, Live the Life. It's still a great disc.Michael starts out rocking right out of the gate. In fact, I would venture to say that "Missing Person" is one of the rockiest songs we've ever gotten from him, and that includes some of his 80's stuff. It's also one of my top Michael W. Smith songs of all time. We get lots of electric guitar and drums and Michael sings about his lost fire for God. "There was a boy who had the faith to move a mountain/And like a child he would believe without a reason/Without a trace, he disappeared into the void and/I've been searchin' for that missing person." This is one of those songs I can have on repeat in my car for a week and still want to hear more.He keeps the rock going with "Love Me Good," a song that has all kinds of funky things going on with the percussion. In the notes on this song, Michael admits that this is probably the craziest song he's ever written. That pretty much sums it up. It's about the wild ride called life, but manages to mention merry-go-rounds, circuses, Mongolian barbecue, and The Brady Bunch. Yeah, it's that crazy.Things get slower and more serious for the title track. "Live the Life" is a call for Christians to actually act like Christians, living out what we say we believe with love for all men and faith in God. I wouldn't exactly call it a ballad, but it's getting close. It's anchored by piano and keyboard, and they even work in some strings.The keyboards are back to give "Never Been Unloved" a light, airy sound. The lyrics to this one are outstanding. The verses talk about what he has been, unfaithful, unworthy, unbroken, unfair, and unqualified. However, as the chorus states, "But because of You/And all that You went through/I know that I have never been unloved."There are a couple of songs that offer encouragement from one friend to another. "Don't Give Up" is written to someone named Andrea. I have no clue who she might be or the story behind it, but it encourages her to keep on the path she knows she should be taking. Honestly? For years, I though the line was "Don't give up/you're too young." Instead, it's "Don't give up/Andrea." Anyway, it's another fun rock song filled with guitar and drums."Let Me Show You the Way" is a song of encouragement from one friend to another who is going through a hard time. Midtempo, it still got a fun beat and a catchy melody.I quite often love songs written from God's point of view, and "I Know Your Name" is another winner. Even slower, this one starts out talking about the hurts and insecurities of life. But the chorus is amazing. "Yes, I know your name/Every prayer you pray/I'm the one who brought you to this place/The voice who sings to you/The hand that clings to you/Oh my child, I've always known your name."The last few songs get even more serious. Michael was asked to write a song for the movie Titanic. The result was "In My Arms Again." While the song didn't make it into the movie, it certain fits since it is a piano ballad about two lovers parted forever. The strings really add to the haunting melody.And speaking of haunting, there "Song for Rich." Michael has said on multiple occasions that he feels most comfortable writing and playing instrumental pieces. This two minute instrumental piece was written after the loss of his friend, fellow Christian singer Rich Mullins. It's got something that sounds like a toned down bagpipe. Since there is no bagpipe in question, my guess is it is the woodwind instruments. The melody is beautiful. It stands out from everything else on the disc, but it still feels part of things.Finally, the disc closes with "Hello, Good-Bye," a song written for some friends who lost their baby after just two and a half days. While the lyrics do offer the hope of meeting again in Heaven, it also showcases the pain involved. Even all these years later, it can move me to tears, especially with the other songs around it.I still pull this disc out and listen to it quite regularly. The lyrics are great and the music is fun. And this is why I keep buying Michael W. Smith's newer releases. Hopefully, one day he'll recapture the magic of Live the Life.5Tremendous recordingMichael W. Smith has such amazing talent that shines through in all of his music. This album has a powerful gospel message as well as energizing music.5Five StarsCD works very well, no problems so far. This is one of my favorites.5
Live The Life

Live The Life

4.5
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Regular price
€42,00
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€42,00
Regular price
€68,00
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Unit price
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Save 38% (€26,00)