Overview Eight-time Dove Award winner Nichole Nordeman returns this spring with Brave, the highly-anticipated follow-up to her breakout project, Woven & Spun. Widely known for her gift of touching the hearts of her listeners with her sophisticated yet accessible music and daring, thoughtful lyrics, Brave continues to showcase Nichole's stirring vocals and powerful songwriting while signaling the next step in her artistic evolution.
TRACK LISTING 01. Brave 02. What If 03. Someday 04. Real To Me 05. Crimson 06. Hold On 07. Lay It Down 08. No More Chains 09. Live 10. Gotta Serve Somebody 11. We Build
Record Label Sparrow
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2005
Publisher CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
ISBN 5559057967 EAN 9785559057965 UPC 724386357502
I bought the CD for the title track which has had a profound influence on me. The other songs on the CD show an incredible depth and spirituality that only come through struggle and perseverance.
Brave-Nicole Nordeman Oct 16, 2006
I personally only like one song on this album and that is the first one. The rest of the songs I think are boring. I like the slow pace of the songs but they lack alot of melody and chorus for all the other songs.
First time Listener loves Nichole's passion for God! Jun 12, 2006
I'm 39, have only heard Nichole Nordeman ONCE and that was months ago on a music choice digital cable channel I believe. I have listened to mostly secular music with some christian pop/rock/r&b etc mixed in on a regular basis but very recently that has CHANGED! Now it's overwhelmingly christian music and some secular music. With that happening my life I have found Nichole Nordeman by checking out a christian album thread on a website and decided to check out her samples on this site!
I listen to Woven and Spun enjoying alot of what I heard but THIS album Brave is fantastic!! I absolutely love her remake of "Gotta Serve somebody" and don't find the techno style of it in the least bit "dumb" like some reviewer did. In fact the techno feel of it makes me LOVE IT that much more! It's different and more contemporary then her last album. I also enjoy "No more Chains" and think the chorus is very moving! "Doxology" is awesome as is "Hold On".
I listen to DC Talk, Plumb, Kirk Franklin, Demon Hunter, Kutless so my tastes vary and I recommend Nichole's cd to ANYONE of ANY age who just likes good music especially music with God in the songs! Please don't let the bad reviews get in your way either, check out her cd for yourself!
WOW.....MY NEW FAVORITE CHRISTIAN FEMALE VOCALIST Jun 12, 2006
We sang tonight along with the music of Nichole Nordeman at our church Praise and Worship service. Crying with joy and sadness over the words to "Hold On", it became apparent to me that we never know where,when and how we will find the love of God. I can't wait to order the entire album of "Brave". This young woman not only sings with joy, but tells us the truth about a grace we cannot afford to reject!!!!! We all want to lead a whole and everlasting life.
skip to track 5 Jun 9, 2006
The title cut "Brave" is what one would expect to hear on CCM airplay and serves its function, "What If" is nice, although a cliche sort of song.
With "Crimson" begins a 3-track groove that justify TWICE the price of purchase. Here she sings a melody over the delicate Chopin etude (played at his funeral, incidently) that just absolutely works. I have been absolutely loathe of any artist Christian or otherwise who does this sort of thing (God forgive you Barry Manilow "Could This Be The Magic" and Billy Joel's "This Night You're Mine") Even the cello here is unoffensive. Just a wonderful interpretation.
Be sure to read the words in the slip-cover, her wonderful stylistic diction is so vague it sounds like other words.
This leads by a wonderful atmospheric bridge to the best song on the album "Hold On", rich, mournful and holy atmosphere that includes imagery that can tear into the heart of almost anyone, Christian or un-. Some of these lyrics are weirdly wonderful "It will find you in a boardroom mostly dead..." ??? Go figure, but it works. And then to top all tops, it breaks into this riff section that can only be described as a Pink Floyd trip (!) "Hey man, let me have a toke on that" Just incredible and innovative.
What is rightly the best song to receive airplay comes next. "Lay It Down" is full of wonderful hooks, and is just a well written song. The voice doubling in the chorus is masterfully effective.
The next two songs are nice and worth a hearing. More significant than her rendition of Dylan's "Serve Somebody" is the fact that she chose the song at all. This displays an openness atypical of many Christians, acknowledging the worth of this Jew-became-Christian-oops-I-take-it-back-return-to-Judaism's song, that it has a wonderful message / stands as a singular Christian song of Contemp Christian pop.
The album sorta fades after that, ending in a piece that literally sounds like it was composed for backdrop music to an Oprah segment on Habitat For Humanity.
But for the songs I emphasize, well well worth the purchase.
I applaud you Nicole, no other Christian Artist has quite done this.