Nichole Nordeman "Every Mile Mattered"
by Andrew Funderburk ( on 2017-08-10 11:36:43

Until 2015, the last time we heard any new material from Nichole Nordeman was almost eight years prior with the release of her Recollection project in 2007. In previous years, Nichole had established herself as a master lyricist that was able to relay stories and pen her thoughts well to the music she composed. When she announced her 2015 release, "The Unmaking", she relayed a little about the joys and difficulties of her journey over the past several years. Now, with almost a twelve year gap between her last full length record, "Brave", Nichole releases a new collection titled "Every Mile Mattered". It's evident that in each song on this project that it was penned thoughtfully and with the purpose of relaying a certain part of her heart.

Looking over the composition of the album, the arrangement of the melodies remain true to the vein of Nichole's style. However, unlike "Brave" that took on a whole new sound, "Every Mile Mattered" infuses more of a CCM pop sound. Many of the songs hold the current, catchy pop drum beat backed with strings. In contrast to previous projects, though, Nichole sounds more confident and in control, while offering crisp and clean vocals.

What continues to be the mark that Nichole makes with each record, and what her fans remember her for, is her thoughtful and vulnerable lyrical points. With the culmination of the past several years leading up to this point, "Every Mile Mattered" hits that point again. This can be seen in lyrics like "Lean" (When did we learn to perform?/To need the encore to know who we are?/When did we forget our place? It's not on a stage, but safe in Your arms); "You're Here" (Anywhere You are is sanctuary/Anywhere You are is where I'm free/You're here/You're here/The invitation You need is the very air I breathe); and the thought provoking "Dear Me" (Hold up the mothers, as their babies bleed from bullet holes/And feel all the hunger, the bellies and the bones/Shout for the prisoner/Cry for justice loud and long...And sit at the tables, cause Jesus eats with everyone/And dance to the music, if you can't sing its native tongue).

In finality, what "Every Mile Mattered" administers is poetic thoughts that challenge, while offering hope and healing. It's an invitation to lean into Jesus, take a look outside of oneself at the world, and " it's your own blood".

Rating: 4 out of 5

Genre: Pop / Contemporary
Label: Sparrow
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes

Every Mile Mattered (3:26)
You're Here (4:01)
Dear Me (5:28)
No Longer (3:55)
Lean (3:47)
Hush Hush (4:25)
Listen To Your Life (3:44)
Beautiful Day (4:17)
Sound Of Surviving (4:07)
Anywhere We Are (5:24)
Slow Down (feat. Pepper Ingram) (4:04


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