Brave (Nichole Nordeman album)

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Studio album by Nichole Nordeman
Released May 24, 2005
Genre Contemporary Christian
Length 48:11
Label Sparrow
Nichole Nordeman chronology
Live at the Door
Recollection: The Best of Nichole Nordeman

Brave is the 2005 album by hit CCM artist Nichole Nordeman. A special edition with four bonus acoustic tracks and expanded liner notes was simultaneously released with the standard version.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[1]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
CCM Magazine A[3]
Christian Broadcasting Network 4/5 stars[4]
Christianity Today 4/5 stars[5]
Cross Rhythms 9/10 squares[6]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[7]
The Phantom Tollbooth 4/5 stars[8]

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".[5] Founder Tony Cummings of Cross Rhythms writing that on the release she "shows herself to be a fine songwriter and emotionally gripping singer."[6] At CCM Magazine, Christa Farris stating how if the listener gives their time to hear the album "the rewards are many."[3] 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."[2] At Christian Broadcasting Network, Jennifer E. Jones stating that "it doesn’t get much better than this."[4] Kevan Breitinger of calling the album "a stand-out release."[1] 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."[8]

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

Bonus tracks on Special Edition[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. ^ a b Breitinger, Kevan (May 24, 2005). "Nichole Nordeman - 'Brave'". Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny (May 24, 2005). "Brave - Nichole Nordeman : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Farris, Christa (June 1, 2005). "Nichole Nordeman: Brave (Sparrow)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. p. 62. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Jones, Jennifer E. (May 24, 2005). "Nichole Nordeman: A ‘Brave’ New Girl". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Breimeier, Russ (May 24, 2005). "Nichole Nordeman: Brave". Christianity Today. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (September 26, 2005). "Review: Brave - Nichole Nordeman". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ Summerford, Lauren (June 30, 2005). "Nichole Nordeman, "Brave" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Dalton, Michael (July 11, 2005). "Nordeman, Nichole - Brave". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 

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