Michael Omartian

White Horse/Adam Again

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Michael Omartian is a classic case of a behind-the-scenes superstar. His credits reveal a virtual connect-the-dots of '70s success ("Theme From S.W.A.T.," the actual piano in "Piano Man"). But when he's in the spotlight, the results are no less spectacular. His debut, White Horse, remains an amazing record by any standard, and Adam Again suffers just because it follows that supernova. The White Horse/Adam Again CD contains both works and stands as a worthy addition to any music collection. "Jeremiah" talks of the New Testament with horns and synths, the funky "Fat City" shows Mammon ain't the way to go, and the titanic title track unravels revelations on many levels. "Silver Fish" makes swimming upstream sound great, and "Take Me Down" is a crystalline baptism track. Again, "Adam Again" seems left in the shade, and the disco send-up "Whacher Sign" doesn't help much, but "Ain't You Glad," "No Matter What Shape You're In," and the closing opus make for an increasingly satisfying spin. This two-fer may not be easy to find, but White Horse/Adam Again is worth the search.