I truly believe that Worship
was the case of the right album at the right time. Veteran CCM staple Smitty was certainly not the first to drop a contemporary album of worship covers, but his familiar voice and these familiar songs provided what the Church so desperately needed. Released on the infamous Sept. 11, 2001, Worship
helped act as a balm to a generation still reeling from the shock of unspeakable terror. Like it or not, this record was a turning point for an entire industry and worship releases became much more commonplace after the sales success of Worship
. My overall favorite tune from this one has always been the violin-soaked "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus," and that remains the case. A live worship recording that sounds terrific in the process with a who's who in the backing choir, Worship
may not be innovative, but it's an important record in the history of Christian music.
- Josh Balogh
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