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24 year old Brooke Fraser is a pop phenomenon in New Zealand and Australia, where sales of her new album Albertine and debut What To Do With Daylight have together sold over 225,000 units. Brooke recorded Albertine in Hollywood with renowned producer Marshall Altman (Train, Marc Broussard & Matt Nathanson) and
is now ready to conquer the rest of the world. Brooke is a member of the Hillsong United Church for which she has written two wildly popular and best selling hymns. Her performance of one of those hymns, Hosanna has had over 1,400,000 views on Youtube.
Her solo album songs appeal just as much to fans of mainstream artists like Sarah McLachlan, Ingrid Michaelson and KT Tunstall. To date she has over 3 million plays on her Youtube channel, over 730,000 plays and 30,000 friends on her Myspace page. A national club tour and major festivals will start on the album release at the end of May.

1. Shadowfeet
2. Deciphering Me
3. Love
4. Where is Your Fire?
5. Love is Waiting
6. Albertine
7. C.S. Lewis Song
8. Epilogue
9. Faithful
10. Seeds
11. Hosea s Wife
12. The Thief
13. Hymn

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wood & Bone
  • ASIN: B0017UOUGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By paygenie on October 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Really, no words can describe the unique beauty of Brooke Fraser's music. It's melodic, poetic, socially/spiritually aware, some of the best songwriting out there right now. Once you have heard the CD "Albertine," you will never forget it. If you can't sample the songs here, you can listen to the songs on MySpace (.../brookefraser).

The New Zealand singer-songwriter has a multi-dimensional voice. Her voice is lilting, a confident soprano, marked with an emotional, sometimes desperate, alto. Her voice is rich and resonating, makes your heart stop a bit. It's pure, raw talent. Brooke's therefore at her best in the spiritually-themed tracks like "Faithful" and "Hymn" where it's just her and a piano.

The rest of the CD -- a mixture of pop/rock/folk/alternative (it's hard to label it all really) -- goes way beyond what you'd expect from a 25-year-old artist. She addresses the theme of generations in "Seeds":

"Child, what will you live to do? What have I left for you? What will we leave behind?"

The CD's title track, "Albertine" is a tribute to lives lost in the Rwandan genocide and a call to arms to look beyond ourselves, to help those in need.

"C.S. Lewis Song" starts off simple with vocals and a piano then gradually builds in complexity to a driving, rock alternative track that then fades into song #7, an unnamed rock music interlude with guitarist Michael Chaves. (Chaves, one of the most sought-after guitarists by recording artists, played/toured with John Mayer.)

There are of course, the songs about love, but the ones here go far beyond the average FM radio ditty: There's the universally appealing "Shadowfeet" and "Deciphering Me," and the almost tribal, certainly unique, "Love, Where is Your Fire?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Thompson VINE VOICE on November 11, 2008
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I bought this CD because I'm a big C. S. Lewis fan and there is a CS Lewis song on it. I listened to the song and liked it so I ordered the album. When I first listened to the album, I was disappointed, but that didn't last for long.

I still think the CS Lewis song is the best track on the album, but Shadowfeet and Albertine are growing on me. A couple of the songs I still don't care for, but I strongly recommend the album. The album has the best lyrics of any modern Christian music I've heard for a long time. She does strange things with her voice and my wife who is classically trained dislikes the album immensely. For me, I usually like her voice and the lyrics more than make up for it.

Bottom line: if you have read something of Lewis like "The Weight of Glory" and read 2 Corinthians, then when you listen to the C. S. Lewis song, you'll think this album is easily worth the price. The other songs are very good too. The lyrics made me meditate on heaven, what God is doing in my life now, and on who God is. That amazed me.

In His Name.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lauren S on May 2, 2007
Wow, I bought this album after only sampling a couple of songs, but I am so glad I did!! It is truly one of the best albums I have ever heard. Definitely in my top5 of all time. The lyrics are beautifully written and the music compliments that. I would definitely recommend this album to everyone!! It's sooooo good!I can listen to it several times in a row. Unfortunately, it is not available in the U.S., but thank goodness you can buy it on Amazon!!!

Oh, and check Brooke out on the Hillsong United albums. They are amazing!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 23, 2008
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New Zealand native Brooke Fraser, the writer and singer of Hillsong United's Hosanna, Lead Me To The Cross and None But Jesus is my clear cut top new female Christian singer in the last 2 years. Her vocals are so great you can get lost in just listening to her sing, but that is a bonus as the songs on Albertine have some of the strongest lyrics of the year. Brooke's songwriting is deep and challenging like Sara Groves and fellow CCM newcomer Joy Whitlock and her voice is stunning like CCM stand-out singers Christy Nockels (Watermark), Tiffany Arbuckle-Lee (Plumb) and Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan, whom are all my favorite female singer-songwriters.

Opening track Shadowfeet is one of my favorite songs of the year, both musically and lyrically and really showcases Brooke's excellent singing voice. The bridge "You make all things new" will have you singing along in worship. First single Deciphering Me is a nice upbeat love song and very introspective. Love Is Waiting is beautiful and biblical and will certainly be used at weddings. The title song Albertine is named for an orphan in Rwanda with whom Brooke has a special bond. The lyrics and music are stunning on the song in particular this stanza: "Now that I have seen, I am responsible, Faith without deeds is dead, Now that I have held you, In my own arms, I cannot let go `til you are". Some other stand-out songs are Faithful, Hosea's Wife and Hymn. A song I keep coming back to is C.S. Lewis Song, an amazing ballad with a tribute to the Christian author's Screwtape Letters, which includes these challenging words: "There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way". Brooke writes and sings these amazing lyrics in the bridge of C.S.
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