322. Legacy – Michael Card

LEGACY (1983)

Michael Card

For nearly 30 years Michael card has writing and performing some of the most beautiful, inspiring and theologically precise music in Christian Music. There are a handful of artists that have been able to create the first two descriptive adjectives, but the latter is a rare gem indeed. More teacher then rock start, Card has been responsible for combining a humble and doctrine filled catalog with memorable musical expressions like no other.

Perhaps an apt description would be to refer to Michael Card as the Reformed Protestant John Michael Talbot. Like Talbot, Card’s musical expression is more acoustic, classical and liturgical sounding than anything resembling pop music. Card creates “Church Music” that is not necessarily for corporate singing but rather for teaching and instruction. All the while his music has remained timeless and memorable.

Card has a Stephen Bishop quality to his voice with a decent range and strong falsetto that at times resembles Randy Stonehill (Simeon). What Card does though with his musical gifts is express Biblical ideas, not just stories, but the theological implications in both the Old and New Testaments.

Legacy not only does all of the above but it also remains his most accessible record with his most popular songs. The lead track (Love Crucified Arose) may be his biggest song and is still used every Easter throughout Christendom. “Simeon” tells the story of the Biblical character blessed by God to live long enough to witness the birth of the Messiah.

“Abba Father” ended up being the highest charting song on the album and maintained its presence on Christian radio for the rest of the decade and beyond. “Dragon Slayer” takes a distinctly different and more Biblical approach to the victory picture described in prophetic literature.

One final note: Though most widely known as the author of El Shaddai, the song most responsible for making Amy Grant a household name, he also wrote “I Have Decided” which appeared on the same Amy Grant release, Age to Age.

  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    November 2, 2010 at 6:42 am

    When I first heard Michael in the mid 80’s, I swore it was Dan Fogelberg under an assumed name. They even shared Norbet Putnam as a producer.

  2. Greenchili
    June 29, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Not a bad album.. I was wondering how he was hitting those higher notes (falsetto). Love Crucified Arose seems like it would have worked better if it was not the lead track considering the content of the following songs.

  3. Tim
    February 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Love Crucified Arose is a great song, but there are half a dozen albums of Card’s that are better all around than this one. With only one album on the countdown, it seems like this album was chosen as a nod to that one song. But Card was such a great musician and put out some incredible music over the years. The Life trilogy and The Ancient Faith trilogy both deserve a spot on a countdown of this sort, plus maybe another album or two.

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