5 Stars Out Of 5
Wonderful Album, HIGHLY RECOMMEND
November 22, 2011
Wonderfully large, cinematic, epic instrumental album.
Whether a long time MWS fan, or a newcomer, you'll surely enjoy this album!
It simply just doesn't get any better than Michael's piano backed up with a symphony orchestra! Much of what one hears on this album, one would expect to hear at the local symphony orchestra, or as a film score, or even at a Disney park. IT IS REALLY THAT GOOD!
GLORY is the same vein as FREEDOM showcases patriotism. Yet this project does so much more: it gives me a sense of comfort.
While I love Michael's genuine and bold statments of faith in God in his more traditional Smitty projects with lyrics, this instrumental project touches the soul without words, with no less effect.
The songs are aptly titled. Close your eyes while you listen to the album, and you'll know their titles without even reading the CD jacket. From the John Williams influence of the opening "Glory Overture", to the visuals of Arlington Cemetary with "Heros"; from the mysterious and suspenseful "Glory Battle" to the feeling of ballet in "Whitacker's Wonder"; from the humble, consoling, and soothing of "Forver", "Giving", and "Joy Follow Sorrows" to the majestic tribute of "Tribute / Agnus Dei".
In what seems to be a newer trend, Michael captivates with the entire album, while saving the absolute best track for last. "TRIBUTE / AGNUS DEI" is by far my favorite track. PLAY IT LOUD!
I just can't stop listening to GLORY! It will be my MP3 player's new favorite for a LONG time!