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Brave [Bonus Tracks]
     

Brave [Bonus Tracks]

by Nichole Nordeman
 

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Nichole Nordeman took time off to raise her son after her award-winning 2002 album Woven and Spun, so besides an interim live album, Brave is the first heard from her in three years. Not surprisingly, it's as if she never left. Her voice is as gorgeous as ever. But on Brave it's Nordeman's songwriting that really stands out. She's transformed the

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Nichole Nordeman took time off to raise her son after her award-winning 2002 album Woven and Spun, so besides an interim live album, Brave is the first heard from her in three years. Not surprisingly, it's as if she never left. Her voice is as gorgeous as ever. But on Brave it's Nordeman's songwriting that really stands out. She's transformed the experiences of starting a family and settling into a non-hectic, non-touring, non-spotlight life -- at least for a little while -- into an album that goes beyond the usual CCM devotionals to offer clean, clear inspiration for life. So a song like "Real to Me," while it's asking God for a tangible sign that grace and worship and rest really work, is just as easily translatable to the basic challenge of human relationships. Nordeman is clear about her faith, her belief. But she is never heavy-handed with it. She even struggles with it, asking Him to explain the unexplained and terrible in the beautifully moody "Someday" and challenging the longstanding concepts in "What If." On Brave, Nordeman is honest with herself and the audience instead of riding a high horse of rhetoric. Working closely with producer Jay Joyce she's crafted a mix of atmospheric, buoyant pop ("No More Chains," "Someday") and introspective piano numbers ("Crimson") and, like Woven's meditation on Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes," there's even time for a cover. This time around it's Bob Dylan's searching, cynically reverent "Gotta Serve Somebody," redone in a style somewhere between Sheryl Crow and Kelly Clarkson. It's not the most functional version. However, Nordeman's heartfelt delivery makes it an integral part of Brave's inspirational, unfailingly honest, and crisply modern approach to CCM. [Brave was also issued in a special edition. It included acoustic versions of "Brave" and "Someday," two previously unreleased songs, and expanded liner notes.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0724347450204
catalogNumber:
74502

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Performance Credits

Nichole Nordeman   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Giles Reaves   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums
Jack Jezzro   Bass
Paul Christopher   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Carl Gorodetzky   Concert Master
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Byron House   Double Bass
Jay Joyce   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Cate Myer   Violin
Janet Askey   Violin
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Cello
Dave Angell   Violin

Technical Credits

Giles Reaves   Programming,Engineer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Jay Joyce   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum machine
Rob Mathes   String Arrangements
Nichole Nordeman   Composer,Liner Notes
Brad O'Donnell   Executive Producer
Alexis Goodman   Art Direction
Michael Havens   Engineer

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