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By Nichole Nordeman (Artist)
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Record Label   Sparrow Records
Format   Enhanced / Extra tracks / Special Edition
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 4.98" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.24 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   May 24, 2005
ISBN  0012335746  
EAN  0724347450204  
UPC  724347450204  

Availability  0 units.

Track Names
1.  Brave
2.  What If
3.  Someday
4.  Real To Me
5.  Crimson
6.  Hold On
7.  Lay It Down
8.  No More Chains
9.  Gotta Serve
10.  Live
11.  We Build
12.  Brave
13.  What If
14.  Miles
15.  The Altar
16.  [CD-ROM Track]

Item Description...
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.

This Special Edition of Brave features two acoustic songs never before released plus a different CD booklet incorporating "Stories Behind The Songs" written by Nichole Nordeman. (Available for a limited time only)

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More About Nichole Nordeman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter for Sparrow Records/EMI Christian Music Group, with numerous number-one and top 10 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 one recently as the lyricist on the best-selling album, Music Inspired by The Story. She lives with her family in Tulsa, OK. Connect with her at and @nicholenordeman on Twitter.

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Some bells and whistles but it's above average songwriting that carries this recording  Aug 11, 2005
The bells and whistles took me by surprise, but Brave is what you would expect from Nichole Nordeman: above average songwriting and adult contemporary pop/rock. At first I wasn't sure that I liked the loops, programming and the flourishes of electronic wizardry. But on repeated listens, the electronic sounds seem to blend more with the acoustic. The sophisticated production, including some brief, creative guitar solos, enhance rather than detract, making for a more modern, edgier sound. It keeps it interesting, and actually it's not that different from past work. Snippets of retro guitar and high-tech background are all like icing on the cake.

So what is the title all about? Is there someone in your life who inspires you to be brave? In Nichole's case it's her newborn son Charlie. "I say your name / Just your name and I'm ready to jump / Even ready to fall ..." In the extensive song introductions that are a part of the Special Edition booklet, she adds: "Charlie makes me feel brave, makes me want to be brave ... Jesus actually makes it so."

The introduction to "Hold On" tells the story of a woman that drove Nichole "crazy." "She was intensely needy and did a really bad job at hiding her desperation." She was so "exhausting" that Nichole wanted to hide. It reminded me of a similar person in my own life. He was so overpowering that, like Nichole, I withdrew. Nichole later learned that the woman took her life. The song is all that Nichole wished she had said to Meredith.

"Crimson" was inspired by Donald Miller (author of Blue Like Jazz and Searching For God Knows What), "who finally connected the garden and cross for me," Nichole writes.

"Gotta Serve Somebody" is what I would describe as an admirable, techno version of the Bob Dylan classic, which may bring a smile, especially to those who can appreciate an expert and quirky fusion of sounds.

The Special Edition ends with four bonus acoustic songs and includes a booklet that has detailed thoughts on each song. The bonus songs consist of singing to piano accompaniment. The title song and "What If" are redone and two previously unreleased songs are included.

Overall, the lyrics, which are born out of Nichole's experiences the past couple of years, carry the recording. They relate to the difficulties and longings that are part of our lives. Musically, she has kicked it up a notch with a fascinating fusion of old and new. This is a strong effort.

Brilliant lyrics  Jun 20, 2005
My review centers on Nichole's Special Edition version.

The acoustic versions of Brave and What If were pretty good - not as fantastic as her acoustic version of Holy, but worth it just the same. The song that makes the special edition worth getting is Miles. The lyrics brought tears to my eyes (and I'm normally one that doesn't show emotions during music). A MUST HAVE if you are a Nordeman fan. Alter appears to be an excellent piece as well - but have not given it a lot of playing time yet.

There's also a unique fold out inside the cd and cover for the package printed solely for the special edition.

So if you're contemplating between the normal version and special edition, I definitely feel the extra $4-$5 is worth it for the 4 songs. I think Woven and Spun is still my favorite album from Nichole, but this is a close second.
Brave return from a great artist  May 26, 2005
Nichole Nordeman bravely returns after her long sabbatical to have and start raising her first child, Charlie. The title track of this much awaited album kicks it off nicely with a flowing tune, upbeat and catchy. It gets stuck in my head easily and that's a good thing. "What if" addresses a skeptic. It's a very nice tune, soft and quiet. The lyrics are very good, too. "Someday" is the response to the failed pregnancy of a friend. It's another quiet tune-poignant and not so catchy. It's good though. "Real to me" is upbeat and "Crimson" quicky got my attention. It has a quiet tune-it's like "Why" (From Nichole's 2000 release, This Mystery) to me, but not so moving. The lone violin will make your heart shiver-and the haunting paino to go with it. "Hold On" is another one of the better tracks and is about what it sounds-holding on. "Lay it down" comes next and though it's good, the phrase "lay it down" seems a bit annoying. "No More Chains" is an upbeat song but quiet too. The chorus is good, but not very catchy. A very cool remake of Bob Dylan's annoying song "Gotta serve somebody" comes next. It's pretty cool-I like it. On every album except her debut Wide Eyed Nichole has had a remake. "Live" comes after the cover and showcases Nichole's songwriting talents. "We Build" finishs off the album if you don't have the special edition. "We Build" is a nice song-one of the best on the album. There is one complaint I have on this album though-and that if that for me there was no song that really touched me and usually there is.

Overall, it is a good album but some of her past ones have been better. Worth checking out, but not until you have all her other albums first.

PS If you get the special edition you will get four extra songs and song-by-song commentart from nichole. There are piano-only versions of "Brave" and "What if". The piano only version of "Brave" is cool, but not lively enough. "What if" is nice with just paino-it suits it more than "Brave" does. Very nice. There are two other tracks on the special edition-"Miles" and "The Altar". "Miles" is a very good song-it makes the album worth it. "The Altar" does too. Both of them are very nice. I really recommend the Special editon-the extra songs make Brave worth getting.

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