In the past few years, Smith has released two of the top-selling praise and worship albums in Christian music ("Worship" and "Worship Again").

In the past few years, Smith has released two of the top-selling praise and worship albums in Christian music ("Worship" and "Worship Again"). With "Healing Rain," he returns to the straight-ahead Christian pop that first propelled him to the top of the charts. However, the influence of his worship projects can still be felt, particularly on the reverent title track. "Human Spark," penned with pop veteran Dan Hill, questions man's inhumanity toward his fellow man. The thread of social consciousness continues on "We Can't Wait Any Longer," which was co-written with Wayne Kirkpatrick and features the Ugandan Children's Choir. Smith also turns in a solid rendition of the Simon & Garfunkel classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water." It's a meaty album, chock-full of songs likely to invite questions and encourage action as well as entertain.—DEP