Bebo Norman - Bebo Norman

Published Saturday 17th January 2009
Bebo Norman - Bebo Norman
Bebo Norman - Bebo Norman

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 49553-15064
LABEL: BEC 5099921302022
RELEASE DATE: 2008-10-03
RRP: £13.00

Reviewed by Jacob Wain

Down the years, the Georgia-born singer/songwriter has found an international audience for his songs of frailty and faith, gradually moving away from the acoustic roots sound of his early releases to a more generic pop rock style suitable for large auditorium anthems. This, Bebo's eighth album, is an intricate mixture of soft rock, artful pop with occasional folk tinges. Most tracks engage the listener through pacey choruses and mellow refrains. On the contemplative "Pull Me Out" Bebo looks into his past to "remember when I was young and hungry." This song is about seeking guidance from God, a theme expressed in several other tracks. One song on this set which has gained considerable publicity is "Britney". This talks about our culture and what it does to young women like a certain pop icon. In the words of Bebo's Myspace, "It's all about the lies we tell them about fame and money. . . It's an apology for those lies. . . It's an invitation to the truth about a God who is bigger than the pain this world so often leave us in." As Bebo himself says about this album, "I like that we took the core of where I come from as a writer and made it feel new again." If you want an album with catchy heartfelt songs that stick in your head and profound lyrics make sure you get to hear 'Bebo Norman'.

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Reader Comments

Posted by wolfgang elste in germany @ 14:11 on Oct 18 2008

'It don't matter how broken you are or how painful your life is, you can always come to Jesus`that is I think the message of the music of Bebo Norman. Over the year his songs have encouraged me a few times especially when life was not so easy. This very, very honest songs are in a way healing. Before Bebo Norman became a professional musician he wanted to become a doctor and now God is using him to heal people with his songs. I like this new album (especially the song for Britney Spears- I hope she will hear it) even if for my taste it is a little bit too well produced - the sound is a little bit too perfect. My favourit album of Bebo Norman is 'Ten thousand days'.

Reply by Wolf Kotenberg in USA @ 21:11 on Feb 9 2009

Hi, are you the Wolfgang Elste i was friends with in Ann Arbor, Michigan about 1965 ?

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