Recording a live praise and worship album involves a number of factors—namely blending the artist/worship leader's contributions with the congregations' participation and making the listener fe

Recording a live praise and worship album involves a number of factors—namely blending the artist/worship leader's contributions with the congregations' participation and making the listener feel as moved as those who were there. Smith succeeds on all counts, deftly capturing the emotional essence of a powerful live event; in fact, those who listen to this disc will surely feel as if they were inside the Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., when this project was recorded there. Absolute highlights are two strong versions of the Steve Merkel-penned "Lord Have Mercy"—a live performance featuring Sarah McIntosh and a studio duet with Amy Grant. "I Can Hear Your Voice," written by Smith, his wife Debbie, and daughter Whitney is another gem, as is Lenny LeBlanc's "There is None Like You." The bonus cut, "There She Stands," is a lovely patriotic tribute to the flag. For the fans who loved Worship, this anticipated sequel more than lives up to expectations.—DEP

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