This Mystery

This Mystery

by Nichole Nordeman
     
 

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 inSee more details below

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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."

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0724385172328
catalogNumber:
51723

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nichole Nordeman   Primary Artist,Piano
Gary Burnette   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
Mark Hammond   Bass,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
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

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