Editors’ Notes It’s no accident that 1988’s I 2 (Eye) became Michael W. Smith’s first gold-certified album. This well-balanced collection of ballads and uptempo tracks reflects his desire to reach beyond the confines of the Christian music world. The songs here (co-written with Wayne Kirkpatrick) speak knowingly of the choices believers face in everyday situations. Sonically, much of I 2 (Eye) is an amalgamation of various ‘80s pop/rock styles, ending up somewhere between REO Speedwagon and George Michael. A touch of synthesizer-draped moodiness adds texture to “Ashton” and “Secret Ambition.” Smitty’s genial yet serious demeanor serves him well, whether he’s gliding along with a sparkling track like “The Throne” or delivering an affecting number like “I Hear Leesha.” I 2 (Eye)’s highly accessible sound provided a template for even more successful releases in the following decade. The album remains one of Smith’s most engaging efforts.

SONG
Hand of Providence
1
4:34
 
Secret Ambition
2
6:27
 
On the Other Side
3
3:42
 
All You're Missin' Is a Heartache
4
5:42
 
I Miss the Way
5
4:35
 
Live and Learn
6
6:18
 
I Hear Leesha
7
5:28
 
Help You Find Your Way
8
5:29
 
Ashton
9
3:17
 
The Throne
10
6:48
 
Pray for Me
11
3:56
 

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