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Bebo Norman’s thoughtful, melodically rich brand of Christian pop/rock songwriting and performance continues here. What’s new is a more nuanced production style, courtesy of the multi-talented Ben Shive. Acoustic guitars and techno textures combine to give these tracks an atmospheric feel reminiscent of Daniel Lanois’ work in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The simmering hammered dulcimer coursing through “The Broken” and the biting guitar edge of “World Gone Dark” wouldn’t be out of place on albums by Peter Gabriel or U2. Norman and cowriter Gabe Scott employ these contrasting sounds to highlight themes of spiritual healing and redemption with a compassionate touch. From the ethereal “Collide” to the urgent “At the End of Me,” the songs achieve a confessional tone that acknowledges the singer’s failings and scars. Norman is especially powerful when he creates characters and tells stories, as with the moody “Outside Her Window Was the World,” an account of a troubled young woman’s spiritual rescue. Fans of Bebo’s early folk-slanted work will connect with “Go with You,” a wistful look at parenthood from a believer’s perspective.

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This is the only Bebo Norman album I've ever liked! It's beautiful, reflective, and honest.


Another excellent album from Bebo Norman.


Born: May 29, 1973

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Bebo Norman built up a grass-roots following through several years of touring in the mid-'90s, which helped promote sales of his self-released album The Fabric of Verse. Norman was eventually signed to the Watershed subsidiary of Essential...
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Lights of Distant Cities, Bebo Norman
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Christian & Gospel, Music, CCM
  • Released: Oct 19, 2012

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