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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.
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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.
The CD opens up with "Shadowfeet", easily my favorite song on the album. Her hauntingly beautiful voice permeates throughout as she describes life's journey, with God making all things new ("You make all things new . . ."). "Deciphering Me" is a very wonderful song about friendship and trust, as Miss Fraser describes it. "Love, Where is Your Fire?" is a very jazzy, smooth song about being ablaze in love.
Another song equally haunting is "C. S. Lewis Song", with its bridge as the centerpiece of the entire album ("For we, we are not long here / Our life is but a breath / So we'd better breathe it . . . ") and talks about our true purpose in life ("And I, I was made to live / I was made to love / I was made to know You"). "Faithful" is also a great song about abiding trust in God.
Overall, the entire album is truly a masterpiece. This album triumphs over Brooke's debut, "What to Do With Daylight", and even that CD was impressive.
1. Shadowfeet - 9/10 (Great opener and a good choice as her 2nd single)
2. Deciphering Me - 6/10 (Should NOT have been the 1st single and furthermore my least favorite song on the album)
3. Love, Where Is Your Fire - 9/10 (Ambiguous lyrics but relaxing)
4. Love Is Waiting - 7/10
5. Albertine - 10/10 (This is the first I heard on her myspace page. This is the song that gave me goose bumps the first time I heard it. This should have been the 1st single)
6. C.S. Lewis Song - 10/10 (This song develops in a wonderful way)
7. Epilogue - 10/10 (The instrumental ending of track 6)
8. Faithful - 7/10
9. Seeds - 7/10
10. Hosea's Wife - 10/10 (You will feel her soul when you listen to this track)
11. Thief - 7/10
12. Hymn - 9/10 (An excellently mellow closing track)
Yeah she is the biggest thing in New Zealand since sliced bread, but she is no pop one hit wonder. In a world that's fake, it is great to know there are artists like Brooke Fraser, who sincerely write from the heart and are rewarded for it. Here's hoping she makes it big in the states. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, she writes all of her own songs and is proficient on piano and guitar.
Check out her interview talking about this album "Albertine" and the inspiration behind the project:
I was looking for her cd, but few months ago, her cd was not sold in Amazon US store (in the meaning of you have to import it from New Zealand),
so when they have it, I just bought it, and it is so amazing, this album is so great, it's a non-boring at all cd. you could listen to it over and over again and will never be bored.
and yes, her lyrics is beautiful itself even just to read it without the music.