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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): The following is a review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
If you follow Christian music at all, the name Nichole Nordeman is sure to mean something to you. She has been a force on the scene for years, whether behind the pen or behind the mic. After a break, she has returned with a short yet substantial offering for us all.
About Nichole Nordeman:
Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter for Sparrow/EMI CMG, with numerous number-one and top ten singles to her credit and cumulative CD sales of over one million. A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist of the Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards, including the best-selling album, Music Inspired by The Story (I personally love this entire album!). Her best-known songs include “Holy,” “Legacy,” “Brave,” “This Mystery,” “Why,” “Who You Are” and “What If.” She lives with her family in Tulsa, OK.
Here’s what Nichole says about the album:
“Before things in our lives can be resurrected and given new life, certain things must die. Before beauty blooms in spring, roots must do the hard work under the hard frozen soil of winter. Before you renovate and re-build, you tear down the parts of the structure that are weak or damaged or dangerous. Before we make, we must unmake.” Nichole Nordeman
The title song, “The Unmaking,” starts out beautiful and haunting but builds with power and strength in the chorus.
This is the unmaking / The beauty in the breaking / Had to lose myself / To find out who You are / Before each beginning / There must be an ending / Sitting in the rubble / I can see the stars
I didn’t quite understand why the tune “Not to Us” started out almost exactly like Natalie Grant’s “His Great Name.” That was a bit distracting at first. But the rest of the song was unique and stand-alone, and beautiful. Plumb’s voice is so similar to Nichole’s also. I love the lyrics of this song so much!
Let us not imagine / That we might have a hand in where the wind blows / Where grace goes / Let not any passion be for kingdoms we have fashioned in our own name
“Name” is an upbeat song Nichole’s take on living as a Christian, including the times of doubt – love the chorus:
You are still a promise / The heartbeat of God / You may have forgotten / But He has not / You are not your ashes / You are a flame / Do not ask the shadows / The Light of the world knows your name.
And the tag where she goes through all the names God has given us. Ahh. Love it!
It’s hard to claim a favorite out of such a collection, but I was very inspired by the delicate and haunting “Love You More.” Love they lyrics and the piano and violin were just gorgeous. I’m including a video of the song at the end of this post! I’ll make it a playlist. 😉
You’ve loved me since time began / You’re behind my every second chance / I love You / I’m trying to / Love You more
“Something Out Of Me” is an upbeat anthem of love for our Lord who sees something good in us even when we can’t.
By now Your love could have been long gone /
But somehow it keeps going on and on
The very first song I heard was the beautiful lullaby-like song “Slow Down.” I always thought Nichole had a great lullaby voice. 🙂 This proved it. Nichole talks about what we all have felt when our children are growing up: we just want them to stop growing up and slow down!
Slow down / Won’t you stay here a minute more / I know you want to walk through the door / But it’s all too fast / Let’s make it last a little while
As always, Nichole’s lyrics are deep and profound, her voice is ethereal and lovely, and her music is infectious. My only negative to this album is that it wasn’t a full one! But I totally forgive Nichole because I’m blessed that she chose to share these gems with us so we wouldn’t have to wait longer than necessary.
I am very pleased, with thanks to Flyby Promotions for providing this prize, to be offering a giveaway of a copy of this great album! In actual cd form!
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That video set I promised! Enjoy and be blessed!