Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Big Blue Sky
Genres: Pop, Christian
Even though he has a long independent release history, Bebo Norman is quickly establishing himself in the larger Christian music arena as a songwriter extraordinaire. In his latest, Big Blue Sky, Norman writes and sings of... more »
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Even though he has a long independent release history, Bebo Norman is quickly establishing himself in the larger Christian music arena as a songwriter extraordinaire. In his latest, Big Blue Sky, Norman writes and sings of a God never more alive and ever-present than in the rich lyrical imagery this burgeoning talent presents. In the catchy opener, "I Am," we're reassured that the Creator is "in the center of your storm / I am in the fire / I am in the flood / I am in the marrow and the blood / When you cannot stand, I am." Both "Cover Me" and "Underneath" also stand out with jangly, airy guitars that massage Norman's messages of hope and restoration. And you can't miss the moving tribute to mothers everywhere on the ending track, "Where You Are." Big Blue Sky is an impressive release full of reflection and resonance. Much credit for this should go to producer Ed Cash (Caedmon's Call), who puts Norman's earthy vocals and brilliant songwriting in a tasteful wrapper. --Michael Lyttle
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Different... but still good,
kaylafaith | Morgan Hill, CA United States | 05/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This project is good, let's get that straight. It's also very different from his last excellent cd, Ten Thousand Days. Bebo's newest contains some similarities to recent releases. Like Jen Knapp's sophomore album Lay It Down, the production is heavier and more polished. And interestingly, like Derek Webb's contribution to Caedmon's Call's Long Line of Leavers, there are several love songs. Maybe Bebo's headed for the altar too. :-) But his trademark songwriting talent still remains, and that gift, coupled with his wonderful voice, makes for some great mellow listening. some highlights are 'Tip of my Heart', 'Where You Are', and 'Perhaps She'll Wait'. If you've never heard of Bebo, I would reccoment taking a listen to Ten Thousand Days as well. If you are already a fan, enjoy!"
An evolving sound, an absolute delight!
No one of consequence | Cincinnati | 10/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I definitely saw a noticeable difference from "Ten Thousand Days" to "Big Blue Sky," but it's not a bad change at all. In the earlier album, Bebo's sound is much more natural and acoustic, the lyrics more poetic and soulful. On this CD, there are still strong traces of the acoustic balladeer in several songs, like "Sons & Daughters" or "Perhaps She'll Wait" (my personal favorite on this album), but also a bit stronger showing of the more pop sound that peeked out in "Stand." This is most evident in the opening few tracks, with lively tunes like "I Am" and "Cover Me," and the very witty and spritely "Underneath." I can't say that Bebo's sound really changes, so much as his balance or emphasis tends to tip more in favor of the more "rockish" style that I already knew was lurking in him, just waiting to come out. Still, I think the balance on "Big Blue Sky" is a bit of an improvement over the nearly unbroken folk sound of "Ten Thousand Days." Either way, this guy has an awesome talent and a great heart for the Lord, and I doubt there will be many listeners who aren't delighted by what they hear."
worldofcm | Cleveland, TN | 12/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Everyone was saying it, yet I had to hear it to believe. Norman took his usual folk fare and turned it pop without losing his introspective lyrics and knack for catchy hooks. Well it is true. Norman created one of the most cohesive albums this year, and obviously a standout album to add to his collection.TOP PICKS: "Cover Me", "I Am", "Perhaps She'll Wait", and "You Surround Me""