John Mark McMillan ‘Smile In The Mystery’ Review
4.5 Overall Score


(Lionhawk Records)

For Fans Of:

Gungor, Josh Garrels

We Like:

“Baby Son”
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John Mark McMillan ‘Smile In The Mystery’ Review

John Mark McMillan
Smile In The Mystery
(Lionhawk Records)

At this point in his storied career, there’s little that John Mark McMillan has yet to do save for craft a Christmas album, but with the release of Smile In The Mystery, the artist can check off that box on his list as well. Featuring a mix of originals and covers, the seven-song set delivers just what listeners have come to expect from McMillan’s work: artistic, compelling, and thoughtful music.

Original song “BabySon” sets the bar high from the outset, delivering on all those aforementioned fronts. He showcases a compelling lyric set against an eclectic soundscape with a building choral backing while he puts a holiday spin on the oft-covered Dylan track, “Make You Feel My Love.” Sarah McMillan takes the reins on the superb“Silver and Gold,” her voice lending the track an emotive note that reaches straight to the heart before the duo come together later for a beautiful duet of “Silent Night/Smile In The Mystery.”

A gift even prettier than it’s packaging, John Mark McMillan’s Smile In The Mystery is one you’ll be glad to have under your tree this year.

–Andrew Greenhalgh

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Andrew Greenhalgh is a guy who loves music in all shapes and forms and who has a special place in his heart for CCM. He's channelled that love of music into a journeyman writing career, having work published with outlets like StereoSubversion, The Sound Opinion, CCM Magazine, and Relevant. When he's not searching out the latest and greatest song to hit the airwaves, he can be found on the sands of southwest Florida playing beach volleyball or throwing another slab of ribs on the smoker.

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