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Bebo Norman is richly loaded with personal themes of coming out of depression, prayerful reflection and hope-filled expressions of joy in Christ. This album stands out like Deep Enough To Dream by Chris Rice in that you can't help but root for this album and artist because you can immediately identify with the personal nature of the songs. The first track is a great example. Pull Me Out is a song about Bebo's battle with depression and calling out for God's grace. Hear It From Me is another standout song in that we can all relate to Bebo's prayer. Every song is truly brilliant and personal and the song I can't stop listening to is the first single Britney, written as an apology to Britney Spears for how our culture tells lies about what's beautiful and what will give life. Bebo says: "it is also an invitation to the truth about a God who is bigger than the pain this world leaves us in." It is one of the most amazing songs I've ever heard and as a father of 3 daughters, it wrecks me everytime.
Pick up Bebo Norman and you won't regret it. For me this is a 5 star album.
In a xeric genre of overused clichés, simplistic answers and theological aloofness, Norman's self titled CD is a gushing oasis. In line with his repertoire of thought provoking songs such as "My Eyes Have Seen Holy," "Be My Covering" and "The Rebel Jesus," these new songs go beyond the veneer of spiritual truths. Not only are they Biblically informed, Norman has a way of applying God's word in stories that are fresh, engaging and piquant. Centering around the truth that God's has the ability to restore the spiritual vacuous Norman (via these songs) applies this doctrine to various facets of life including that of a troubled life of a superstar named Spears on the single "Britney." Vis-à-vis his earlier works which has a folk slant, this eponymous effort has a slicker pop sound with a frequent nod in the edgier rock direction. The ballads are also heavier with a thumping beat except for album closer "One Bright Hour." With just a sparse piano, "One Bright Hour" begins reverently before building up to a glorious majestic crescendo that so enhances the song's message of hope in view of God's coming kingdom at the end times.
Easily the highlight of the album is the aforementioned "Britney." Considering the recent moral plight Britney Spears has had been through, "Britney" is an open apology to the troubled singer of what the media has done: "Britney, I'm sorry for the stones we throw/We tear you down just so we can watch the show/Britney, I'm sorry for the words we say/We point the finger as you fall from grace." But the song takes a step farther with the offer that God has not given up on the troubled singer: "Britney, I do believe that love has come/Here for the broken, here for the ones like us.Read more ›
His contemporary christian music is never preachy, nor do you miss the point.
This album is not overly produced, yet it is still clean and crisp.
High marks on this self-titled album. I happily add this to my collection.
Each new album builds on the one before. He has a supernatural gift (thank you Holy Spirit) of tapping into emotions -- mine included. This creates the sense that the songs become my own individual anthems for life.
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All I have to say is Bebo is my favorite!!! The cd was in great condition.Published 15 months ago by Carole
Hi (Jeff) Bebo,
In Spring 2013, God led the way to a men's Christian retreat at Lost Canyon, where we met. Read more
I am so in love with this album. I love the lucid grounded lyrics and the just-plain-good music. This is a must-have in my CD case.Published on April 30, 2013 by Jennifer Wells
Bebo Norman is my new favorite Christian singer. I play his songs throughout the day. His voice is unique and soulful. The songs speak to me and I feel blessed. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Deborah Jean
It has been fun watching Bebo Norman's career evolve. This is a great album that still retains his distinct style while at the same time sounding more mainstream.Published on July 11, 2010 by Marc Asher
Bebo always does a great job with his insight and vocal performance; humble, uplifting and thought provoking.Published on April 26, 2010 by Tedster
also heard this cd on a christian radio station easy christian music to have the holy spirit in your life.Published on February 12, 2010 by T. D. Bourque
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