This Mystery

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Proving her much-acclaimed 1998 debut, Wide Eyed, was no fluke, Nichole Nordeman again mines emotional and spiritual depths to deliver a treasure trove of poetry. Using her piano-driven compositions as a springboard to launch some thought-provoking questions about God and faith, Nordeman carries listeners to their own place of introspection -- a rare talent in a tunesmith. The album opens with the title track, an astute observation of our tendency to allow the routines of life to distract us from spiritual matters. By the powerful closing track, "Every Season," Nordeman has come full circle, recognizing God's hand in every spring and winter. In between, Nordeman shows us ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Proving her much-acclaimed 1998 debut, Wide Eyed, was no fluke, Nichole Nordeman again mines emotional and spiritual depths to deliver a treasure trove of poetry. Using her piano-driven compositions as a springboard to launch some thought-provoking questions about God and faith, Nordeman carries listeners to their own place of introspection -- a rare talent in a tunesmith. The album opens with the title track, an astute observation of our tendency to allow the routines of life to distract us from spiritual matters. By the powerful closing track, "Every Season," Nordeman has come full circle, recognizing God's hand in every spring and winter. In between, Nordeman shows us her own seasons with "As," a delightful remake of the Stevie Wonder hit, and her emotional plea for unity in the church, "Please Come."
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the mirror universe that is the world of Contemporary Christian Music, there are artists and styles corresponding to those in contemporary popular music; it's just the subject matter of the lyrics that is different. Nichole Nordeman is CCM's answer to current female singer-songwriters like Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos with a heavy influence from Amy Grant thrown in; a sensitive, thoughtful writer who sings expressively, usually over a piano-based pop-rock accompaniment. Since Amos herself has a religious background that, however rejected, comes through in her imagery, and McLachlan is given to singing about angels, the leap isn't really that far. It is further diminished by Nordeman's willingness to meet doubters halfway: Unlike most CCM performers, she doesn't write only praise songs, but rather explores the ups and downs of the "personal relationship" with Christ that believers claim, and even engages with non-believers. The latter comes up especially on her second album, This Mystery; in "Fool for You" she goes so far in acknowledging the points made by doubters as to note, "Maybe it's true" before confirming her own simple, childlike faith. That faith, she admits, is based on mysteries, and in describing it she often returns to childhood, as in "Help Me Believe" in which she recalls being eight or nine, and "Small Enough," which calls on God to reduce Himself to something that can be comprehended and appreciated by mere humans. Nordeman is more concerned with religion as a process than as an accomplished fact -- "I believe in the quest and the journey," she sings in "Home." That may not sit well with the more doctrinaire of Christians, but those who struggle daily with reconciling their faith to contemporary life are likely to respond favorably.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Sparrow
  • UPC: 724385172328
  • Catalog Number: 51723

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Mystery (4:35)
  2. 2 Tremble (4:11)
  3. 3 Fool for You (4:12)
  4. 4 Help Me Believe (4:53)
  5. 5 Small Enough (4:16)
  6. 6 Lookin' at You (Lookin' at Me) (3:36)
  7. 7 As (3:48)
  8. 8 Home (4:31)
  9. 9 Please Come (4:25)
  10. 10 Every Season (4:06)
  11. 11 Why (6:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nichole Nordeman Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Gary Burnette Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Catchings Cello
Mark Hammond Bass, Piano, Drums, Keyboards
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Roger Ryan Piano
Andrew Ramsey Electric Guitar
Fernando Ortega Track Performer
Technical Credits
Ronnie Brookshire Engineer
John Catchings Cello Arrangement
Mark Hammond Arranger, Programming, Producer
Rob Mathes Arranger
Jay Wright Engineer
Dick Beetham Mastering
Dave Dillbeck Engineer
Grant Cunningham Executive Producer
John Saylor Engineer
Carl Setty Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No mystery why this CD is so good . . .

    . . .it is well conceived well written & well executed. This CD is as thoughtful and thought provoking as it is beautiful and powerful. It is so good that I can’t bring myself to take it out of the CD player. If the song “Why” does not move you, check your pulse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    Nichole Nordeman has done an awesome job on this CD. Her music is so inspiring. "Every Season" and "Why" are two great songs that really tell how Ms. Nordeman fells about her faith. I give this CD the highest rating for her vocal skills, talent, and God-inspiring songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An awsome CD!

    I love this CD! All the songs on it are beautiful. Nichole Nordeman has a gorgeous voice and all her CDs are wonderful. My favorite song is Tremble, but the rest are great as well. I highly reccommend this CD to anyone.

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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