Go West Young Man The only way to tell that Michael W. Smith is "the heartthrob of contemporary Christian music," as his label calls him, is by taking a… Go West Young Man The only way to tell that Michael W. Smith is "the heartthrob of contemporary Christian music," as his label calls him, is by taking a… Michael W. Smith Pop
Music Review

Go West Young Man (1991)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Lead Performance: Michael W. Smith; Genre: Pop

The only way to tell that Michael W. Smith is ''the heartthrob of contemporary Christian music,'' as his label calls him, is by taking a gander at the lyrics: If the capitalized Hims don't give Smith away, phrases like ''the chalice of indifference'' will. The harmless, mildly pleasant pop on Smith's Go West Young Man isn't really very different from much to the secular music you might hear on Top 40 Radio (as Smith's album isn't really very different from much to the secular music you might hear on Top 40 radio (as Smith's hit ''Place in This World,'' included on the record, has already proved). But in a way that fact makes Smith all the more subversive. I mean, a catchy song about a golden calf? If Smith leaned the other way — if he were a practicing satanist, say — he would've scared the wits out of Tipper Gore. And I know some un-born again parents who'd be equally horrified if their kids started using along with this in the car. C+

Originally posted Aug 23, 1991 Published in issue #80 Aug 23, 1991 Order article reprints
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