Brave (Nichole Nordeman album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 24, 2005
GenreContemporary Christian
Nichole Nordeman chronology
Live at the Door
Recollection: The Best of Nichole Nordeman

Brave is the 2005 album by Contemporary Christian music artist Nichole Nordeman. A special edition with four bonus acoustic tracks and expanded liner notes was simultaneously released with the standard version. The album debuted at No. 119 on Billboard 200,[1] No. 2 on Top Christian Albums,[2] with 8,000 copies sold in its first week. It has sold 91,000 copies in the United States as of August 2015.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com4/5 stars[4]
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
CCM MagazineA[6]
Christian Broadcasting Network4/5 stars[7]
Christianity Today4/5 stars[8]
Cross Rhythms9/10 squares[9]
Jesus Freak Hideout4.5/5 stars[10]
The Phantom Tollbooth4/5 stars[11]

Brave garnered critical acclaim from eight music critics. At Christianity Today, Russ Breimeier calling noting how the album "is musically grounded in familiar modern pop with occasional flourishes of sonic creativity".[8] Founder Tony Cummings of Cross Rhythms writing that on the release she "shows herself to be a fine songwriter and emotionally gripping singer."[9] At CCM Magazine, Christa Farris stating how if the listener gives their time to hear the album "the rewards are many."[6] Johnny Loftus of AllMusic saying that it is "Nordeman's heartfelt delivery makes it an integral part of Brave's inspirational, unfailingly honest, and crisply modern approach to CCM."[5] At Christian Broadcasting Network, Jennifer E. Jones stating that "it doesn’t get much better than this."[7] Kevan Breitinger of calling the album "a stand-out release."[4] At Jesus Freak Hideout, Lauren Summerford proclaiming that "Nordeman doesn't just meet the bar she has raised so high, but actually goes above it with Brave." The Phantom Tollbooth's Michael Dalton affirming this to be "a strong effort."[11]

Track listing[edit]

Standard Edition

  1. "Brave" (Jay Joyce, Nichole Nordeman) — 4:15
  2. "What If" (Nichole Nordeman) — 4:43
  3. "Someday" (Nichole Nordeman) — 4:49
  4. "Real To Me" (Jay Joyce, Nichole Nordeman, Jill Tomalty) — 3:47
  5. "Crimson" (Nichole Nordeman) — 2:58
  6. "Hold On" (Nichole Nordeman) — 5:47
  7. "Lay It Down" (Nichole Nordeman) — 3:44
  8. "No More Chains" (Nichole Nordeman) — 4:51
  9. "Gotta Serve Somebody" (Bob Dylan) — 3:59
  10. "Live" (Jay Joyce, Nichole Nordeman) — 4:11
  11. "We Build" (Nichole Nordeman) — 5:08

Special edition bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Brave (Acoustic version)" (Jay Joyce, Nichole Nordeman) — 4:09
  2. "What If (Acoustic version)" (Nichole Nordeman) — 4:24
  3. "Miles" (Acoustic recording) (Nichole Nordeman) — 4:32
  4. "The Altar" (Acoustic recording) (Nichole Nordeman) — 7:20


Chart (2005) Peak
Billboard 200 119
Billboard Top Heatseekers 2


  1. ^ "Billboard 200: June 11, 2005". Billboard.
  2. ^ "Top Christian Albums: June 11, 2005". Billboard.
  3. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on August 25, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Breitinger, Kevan (May 24, 2005). "Nichole Nordeman - 'Brave'". Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny (May 24, 2005). "Brave - Nichole Nordeman : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Farris, Christa (June 1, 2005). "Nichole Nordeman: Brave (Sparrow)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. p. 62. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 25, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Jones, Jennifer E. (May 24, 2005). "Nichole Nordeman: A 'Brave' New Girl". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Breimeier, Russ (May 24, 2005). "Nichole Nordeman: Brave". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (September 26, 2005). "Review: Brave - Nichole Nordeman". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  10. ^ Summerford, Lauren (June 30, 2005). "Nichole Nordeman, "Brave" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Dalton, Michael (July 11, 2005). "Nordeman, Nichole - Brave". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved February 19, 2014.

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