The Bottom Line
You may not find familiar here, but you'll certainly find plenty of new favorites.
- Smitty is backed by a 65-piece orchestra and four choirs
- You don't just hear this music ... you feel it to the core of your being
- Mandisa makes a guest appearance
- 10 of the tracks are originals, so if you're looking for familiar songs, you won't find them here
- Style: Christmas Music
- 11 songs
- Released: October 2007 on Reunion Records
Guide Review - Michael W. Smith - 'It's A Wonderful Christmas'
The album is comprised of 11 tracks and was recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studio in London. With a huge orchestra backing him, Smitty threw in everything but the kitchen sink ... including bagpipes, an instrument you probably wouldn't normally associate with Michael W. Smith! Yes, on the beautifully done instrumental "A Highland Carol," bagpipes take center stage and they shine and shine and shine!
"Christmas Angels," featuring the young Jonas Myrin from the UK is another stand-out track and the perfect way to open the show. Big choir, beautiful voices and a powerful message ... you just can't ask for anything more.
"The Promise," another absolute winner, has every single element required for a 5-star rating as does "Christmas Day" which features Mandisa.
Yes, only six of the tracks have vocals, but it doesn't take away from the "Christmas feeling" in the least. Michael is an incredible composer and his talents blaze through in every single song. It's A Wonderful Christmas can easily become a new Christmas classic and it will certainly be enjoyed for years and years to come.