Bebo Norman - Ten Thousand Days

Tuesday 1st February 2000
Bebo Norman - Ten Thousand Days
Bebo Norman - Ten Thousand Days

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Watershed 083061051921
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

After completing his undergraduate studies, Bebo Norman decided to wait a year before entering Medical School to study to be a doctor. He recorded an inde­pendent solo project and went on the road. Somehow it doesn't look as if we'll ever have a Dr Norman! In his one-year sabbatical he made friends with Caedmon's Call and following their rootsy approach to making an impact, espe­cially with college students, he's continued on the road and has now released a second album, this time signed to Watershed Records, a label established by Cliff Young from Caedmon's. The grassroots buzz on this album is huge - at one point it was the highest selling album on the Internet {outselling every mainstream artist) and listening to it, it isn't hard to reason why. Bebo's song-writing and performances have a charm so that it's impossible not to be intrigued, moved and drawn into the warmth of his music. There are so many standout cuts here that I'll just tell you about my two favourites! The poppy "Stand" is an infectious little piece of pop about the freedom of God taking the burdens away, whilst the introspective "The Hammer Holds" only highlights the work of God's hand on a life as he uses circumstances to pound us into the likeness of Christ. Elsewhere, Bebo has the skill to pen songs that examine the human condition and the grace that can be discovered in the midst of broken-ness. There is healing and insight; truth in the midst of pain and plenty of grace emerging from struggle captured in these songs and they're delivered with a light rootsy musical touch built around Bebo's guitar. 'Ten Thousand Days' is a stunning understated introduction to Bebo's sensitive, vivid songwriting. Absolutely excellent.

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Product Description
A combination of Bebo's soothing voice and reflective, soft music make this an album to refresh your spirit and revive your soul. Bebo delivers another quality album of great tunes and great words!

Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 18:20 on Jun 3 2012

Nice write up by Mike Rimmer on this fresh new face of ccm. The Fall of 1999, before the millenium we hear this welcome debut wtg Bebo. The songs echo with a voice of passion that grab the listener's attention.
I highly applaud his songwriting. Ed Cash produced this body of Heaven sent works; he would later work with top CCM artist Amy Grant in co-writing "The Water"(2004). I am so taken by these songs, hard to pin point top favorites. Commendable is the starter "Walk Down This Mountain", "The Hammer Holds" with Bebo on acoustic: The piano wrenching sound of "Deeper Still" speaks, with it's great bgv:
thanks to Mark Stallings for wondrous piano.
The listener can feel the inner peace eminating from the songs heard on this cd. "The Man Inside" is a great song, let us sing with the man inside.
I love the simple beauty of "In YOUR Hands", great acoustic by Bebo. What a great poetic story conveyed in "A Page is Turned". "Selwood Farm" would be a top notch country hit.
Bebo's thought provoking lyrics for last song "Rita" is for every heart during a great uncomprehendable loss
in this life. We are blessed to hear these songs.
GOD Bless! - Don

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