Suzanne P. (suepandchips) from MUNNSVILLE, NY Reviewed on 3/30/2010...
Nichole Nordeman does a great job with this CD. I really enjoy listening to her.
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Rebecca B. from FRANKLIN, WV Reviewed on 12/24/2006...
Great CD with an upbeat sound.
Not Up to Her Last Couple
Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 08/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After a couple years off due to birth of her first child, Nichole is back with her fourth CD. Unfortunately, it's not quite up to her last couple.
I should admit that her last CD, Woven and Spun, is one of my favorites of all time by anyone. For me, the standard was high.
This CD starts off with the title song, easily my favorite song here. It's a challenging commitment to step out with God. I need to take the message to heart.
The next track is another winner. "What If" tackles skeptics in a way that might actually be good. "Someday" looks at eternity as the time we will finally get our questions answered. "Real to Me" asks for God to be there in the dark.
It's the next track where things begin to fall apart. "Crimson," while about the Crucifixion, just doesn't seem to connect with me. Same with "Hold On." One problem is that, with only a couple exceptions, I'm not a fan of her ballads, which both of these songs are. This also applies to the final track on the regular album, "We Build." In addition, I don't like the style of her cover of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody." It just seems weird, but that's my taste.
I did buy the special edition, which includes four acoustic bonus tracks and wonderful thoughts on each song. The first two bonus tracks are new versions of the first two songs. Frankly, I like the official album versions better. "Miles" is a tearjerker some will like but I don't. I do like "The Altar" and it's theme of surrender.
The CD has certainly grown on me in the last few months since it came out. Still, it's not her strongest release. Fans will want it, but it's not the place to start a Nichole Nordeman collection."
A Good Album With A Couple of Great Songs
S. Peek | Rocky Mountains, USA | 12/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nicole Nordeman's latest album 'Brave' is a solid effort with a couple of really standout songs.
The title track, 'Brave', is a very good one that has gotten a lot of radio play. Although I really like it, I think the best song on the album is 'What If'. It has a good sound, is very catchy, and has powerful lyrics. I would recommend that anyone who is skeptical of Christianity listen to and ponder this song. It poses some questions that anyone who doubts may want to ponder about Jesus.
Here are some of the lyrics:
What if you're right And He was just another nice guy
What if you're right What if it's true They say the cross will only make a fool of you
And what if it's true? What if he takes his place in history With all the prophets and the kings Who taught us love and came in peace
But then the story ends What then?
But what if you're wrong? What if there's more? What if there's hope you never dreamed of hoping for?
What if you jump? And just close your eyes? What if the arms that catch you, catch you by surprise?
What if He's more than enough? What if it's love
What if you dig Way down deeper than your simple-minded friends What if you dig What if you find A thousand more unanswered questions down inside That's all you find
What if you pick apart the logic? And begin to poke the holes What if the crown of thorns is no more than folklore that must be told and retold
You've been running as fast as you can You've been looking for a place you can land for so long But what if you're wrong?"
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, this cd is just so beautiful, I don't know where to start. Maybe you should just listen to the samples and decide for yourself. The musical style is calm but never boring, thoughtful but never depressing. And there are dozens of creative twists. For example, the music for Crimson is actually a classical piece by Chopin. But it is Nichole's lyrics, as always, which really take center stage. For example, the song Hold On, which is about God's love and how He can redeem and love even the worst of sinners, made me cry the first time I heard it. Other songs, like Live, really challenged me. I highly recommend this album for anyone who wants music that rises above the predictable, cheesy, "Jesus is my girlfriend" fluff that, sadly, is most Christian music today."
RBK | United States | 06/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nichole Nordeman's music is inspiring beyond words, and her latest effort is no exception to the rule. I love Nichole Nordeman's beautiful poetry and her amazing melodies keep me enthralled each time I listen to her albums. I'll never forget Nichole Nordeman's music and how it has touched my heart."