Plumb has been in the industry for awhile. But after being with Curb for the longest time, she independently released the pre-cursor of "Beautifully Broken" with the EP "God Help Me." Since that release, Centricity has partnered with her to distribute her music (note the word "partner;" she's still working through her independent label "Plumb Music").
In regards to the title track, Plumb has said, "Over the last couple years, I've been faced with my own brokenness more than ever . . . and have only been met with His grace, understanding, love, and forgiveness. . . . He can take it all and make something absolutely BEAUTIFUL out of it."
I personally haven't heard a full-length album from Plumb. I've heard multiple songs from her album "Blink," plus random songs from the radio (including "How Many Times"). So I was curious what a full-length album experience would be like coming from Plumb.
"Impossible" has a fun sound that drives down the path of a sweet song. "You make impossible so possible for me," Plumb sings to her lover. The transition from a "religious" song to a love song was a little startling, but I can't help but dancing to the beat.
"Crazy About You" is a song from God to the people he created. Thematically, it's a little generic, but this lyric is touching: "No matter what you've done right / No matter what you've done wrong / . . . / You, you belong in my arms." Due to the theme, it didn't stand out to me right away, but it has a comforting pop sound to it and I started to fall for it bit by bit.
"I Can Do This" is a song of victory before the battle has been fought. Instead of complaining, this is a song of obedience. As she calls out, "I can do this," I can hear courage overpowering fear, responsibility stomping out the excuses, and a powerful encouragement and war cry, even if the song leans more towards the mellow side of things.
Plumb shows off her storytelling songwriting in "Somebody Loves You." In the chorus, she says to the one who feels unloved: "Somebody loves you / Just the way you are / And I can't fix you / And I can't change you / But I can love you / Just the way you are." It encourages us to go out and do the same.
"Where can I go from your presence," the old Psalm asks. "I'm Not Alone" touches base on that. "The world will fail me left and right / . . . / So come and find me every time." This is the perfect encouragement for those stuck in a dark place and need to be reminded that they are never alone, for never will he leave us and never will he forsake us. "Darkness closes in / I just say Your name / Jesus, Jesus."
Some songs may make excuses because we are human. But Plumb's song "Human" doesn't make excuses; it's just simply honest ("Our hatred is useless / We all have a heartbeat / Even though it might be / Aching from the love we don't feel inside"). And this honestly has to be the best song on the album, in my humble opinion.
Even though "Fight For You" doesn't give a perfect clue from whose perspective it's written from, that doesn't ruin the song. Again, in this song, Plumb shows how she wants the best for those who are going down a broken path: "I'm gonna fight for you / Even if I have to fight with you / That's what you gotta do when you love someone." (Plumb did release a book entitled "Fight For Her" on the day of the album release and we would think that it would explain that story in detail.)
"Acrobat" deals with trying to conform to what others want you to do and be. Even with its rock elements, it didn't really stand out to me. Great songwriting, but didn't jump out at me for some reason.
The album ends on a mellow note with "Sleepwalking," which is a sweet love song about waking up to love. Again, it was one of the songs that didn't stand out to me right away, but I'm warming up to it. An interesting way to end the album.
I can't say that I thought every song was a home run, but I was very impressed by the album in its entirety. It showcased her diverse songwriting and angelic voice. I have said before, I can recognize talent even in pieces I may not enjoy. There were a ton of songs that I absolutely love on this album, but there were a few downers. But I still can't help but be super impressed by her talent.
I can tell some songs run along the "beautifully broken" theme, but there were a share of songs that simply are just results of life and love. (Okay, we could say that love can beautifully break someone . . . okay, never mind.)
I can't judge if this is a good comeback album for Plumb, but I can say that this is a very good album and you should check it out!
Beautifully broken (EP)
beautifully broken: The Remixes
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