Thursday, October 07, 2010
SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN
'Could you ever look at Me' finds his voice sounding ragged. It is a ballad about how God is the center of his wife's world, and not him: "I hope you never look at me the way you're looking at the ocean/Cause in the sunrise I have seen I was never meant to be/The light of your world." 'The Middle' is a ballad about relational struggle that I could see Michael Roe doing.
Two inspirational tracks at the end of the album are noteworthy. 'I hope you see Jesus' is co-written and sung with Laura Story. Norman's vocals are appropriately shaky on this one: "Instead of anger, instead of unbelief/Instead of weakness in the heart of me/Instead of a wounded soul that sometimes loses faith/I hope you see Jesus." Do I hear an "Amen" from the congregation? 'Remember Us' is a song of surrender to God: "When the light of day is gone/And our suffering is long/We lift up our needful song/To the Maker of all."
OCEAN is produced by Bebo Norman and Jason Ingram. Ingram co-writes and performs on the album as well. I recommend this one to fans of light pop artists such as Sara Groves. I'm giving it an 80%.