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Michael Sweet
Him



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 10 tracks: 42 minutes, 30 seconds
Street Date: August 1, 2006
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After decades of shaking the roof off of arenas around the world and rocking our socks off, Michael Sweet is back with his latest solo album, Him. Taking an unexpected turn in his own career, but not in today's world of Christian music, Sweet's latest release is a work of classic hymns. In a market saturated with artists giving their own take on the book that sits next to Bibles in pews across the world, could Sweet offer us a raucous dive into it or is this simply another bland repetition of the songs of yesteryear?

The first thing to be noticed are Sweet's undeniable vocals. He probably carries one of the most recognizable voices in Christian music. The one disappointment was the fact that you don't hear him soar up to the highest of high notes that we're familiar with hearing with Stryper. It's very evident that Sweet is into and feeling what he's singing. However, the experience feels a little hollow when you're expecting him to blow you out of the water with something vocally and it just doesn't happen.

Musically... it's pretty uninspired. There's very little that's unique here. It's mostly alternative rock or soft rock. It just sounds like music you've heard numerous times before in the 90's. Many of the arrangements are interesting and sound like they could hold water, but the music just doesn't live up to the potential. Sweet sounds like he's simply singing to background tracks for most of the record. Occasionally, you'll catch a spark of a song that seems to come together ("Calvary," "Take My Life"), but even those feel like they were missing something when you're finished.

With vocals that leave you wanting more and music that falls short, the record just doesn't live up to its potential. Michael Sweet is one of the most talented artists in Christian music. Whether it's solo or with Stryper, a Michael Sweet album is always a good buy... just not in this case. Unless you're a die hard Sweet/Stryper fan or really get into updates of hymns, you're not going to find enough here to warrant shelling out your cash.

- Review date: 10/11/06, written by Matt Johnson

 


. Record Label: Infinity Music
. Album length: 10 tracks: 42 minutes, 30 seconds
. Street Date: August 1, 2006
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Calvary
  2. Every Hour
  3. I Know
  4. Alleluia
  5. I'll Remember You
  6. Gilead
  7. Still
  8. Take My Life
  9. Surrender
  10. Oh Holy Night
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