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Albertine

Brooke FraserAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wood & Bone
  • ASIN: B0017UOUGW
  • In-Print Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
    #29 in  Music > World Music > Australia & New Zealand

 
1. Shadowfeet
2. Deciphering Me
3. Love
4. Where is Your Fire?
5. Love is Waiting
6. Albertine
7. C.S. Lewis Song
8. Epilogue
9. Faithful
10. Seeds
11. Hosea s Wife
12. The Thief
13. Hymn

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24 year old Brooke Fraser is a pop phenomenon in New Zealand and Australia, where sales of her new album Albertine and debut What To Do With Daylight have together sold over 225,000 units. Brooke recorded Albertine in Hollywood with renowned producer Marshall Altman (Train, Marc Broussard & Matt Nathanson) and
is now ready to conquer the rest of the world. Brooke is a member of the Hillsong United Church for which she has written two wildly popular and best selling hymns. Her performance of one of those hymns, Hosanna has had over 1,400,000 views on Youtube.
Her solo album songs appeal just as much to fans of mainstream artists like Sarah McLachlan, Ingrid Michaelson and KT Tunstall. To date she has over 3 million plays on her Youtube channel, over 730,000 plays and 30,000 friends on her Myspace page. A national club tour and major festivals will start on the album release at the end of May.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Words can't describe the beauty of Brooke's voice, lyrics, and music, October 9, 2008
This review is from: Albertine (Audio CD)
Really, no words can describe the unique beauty of Brooke Fraser's music. It's melodic, poetic, socially/spiritually aware, some of the best songwriting out there right now. Once you have heard the CD "Albertine," you will never forget it. If you can't sample the songs here, you can listen to the songs on MySpace (.../brookefraser).

The New Zealand singer-songwriter has a multi-dimensional voice. Her voice is lilting, a confident soprano, marked with an emotional, sometimes desperate, alto. Her voice is rich and resonating, makes your heart stop a bit. It's pure, raw talent. Brooke's therefore at her best in the spiritually-themed tracks like "Faithful" and "Hymn" where it's just her and a piano.

The rest of the CD -- a mixture of pop/rock/folk/alternative (it's hard to label it all really) -- goes way beyond what you'd expect from a 25-year-old artist. She addresses the theme of generations in "Seeds":

"Child, what will you live to do? What have I left for you? What will we leave behind?"

The CD's title track, "Albertine" is a tribute to lives lost in the Rwandan genocide and a call to arms to look beyond ourselves, to help those in need.

"C.S. Lewis Song" starts off simple with vocals and a piano then gradually builds in complexity to a driving, rock alternative track that then fades into song #7, an unnamed rock music interlude with guitarist Michael Chaves. (Chaves, one of the most sought-after guitarists by recording artists, played/toured with John Mayer.)

There are of course, the songs about love, but the ones here go far beyond the average FM radio ditty: There's the universally appealing "Shadowfeet" and "Deciphering Me," and the almost tribal, certainly unique, "Love, Where is Your Fire?" (You just have to hear it to see what I mean -- sample her songs on MySpace!).

Already a platinum-selling artist in her native New Zealand, the "Albertine" CD was released in the U.S. in May. The CD is produced by Marshall Altman, the famed Los Angeles producer behind Kate Voegele's hit CD. Brooke is currently touring with the Hotel Cafe Tour with Anya Marina, Meiko, and Priscilla Ahn. Brooke has previously written/recorded songs for Hillsong United, a Christian organization.

Though there is religious influence in some of "Albertine"'s songs, the CD is far from being preachy. If you're looking for Christian music specifically, check out Brooke in Hillsong's CDs like "All of the Above" and the "I Heart One Revolution" also available on Amazon.





 
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars Even an old geezer like me likes it., November 11, 2008
By Jeffrey A. Thompson (Iowa City, IA USA) - See all my reviews
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I bought this CD because I'm a big C. S. Lewis fan and there is a CS Lewis song on it. I listened to the song and liked it so I ordered the album. When I first listened to the album, I was disappointed, but that didn't last for long.

I still think the CS Lewis song is the best track on the album, but Shadowfeet and Albertine are growing on me. A couple of the songs I still don't care for, but I strongly recommend the album. The album has the best lyrics of any modern Christian music I've heard for a long time. She does strange things with her voice and my wife who is classically trained dislikes the album immensely. For me, I usually like her voice and the lyrics more than make up for it.

Bottom line: if you have read something of Lewis like "The Weight of Glory" and read 2 Corinthians, then when you listen to the C. S. Lewis song, you'll think this album is easily worth the price. The other songs are very good too. The lyrics made me meditate on heaven, what God is doing in my life now, and on who God is. That amazed me.

In His Name.


 
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, May 2, 2007
By Lauren S (Benton, IL USA) - See all my reviews
Wow, I bought this album after only sampling a couple of songs, but I am so glad I did!! It is truly one of the best albums I have ever heard. Definitely in my top5 of all time. The lyrics are beautifully written and the music compliments that. I would definitely recommend this album to everyone!! It's sooooo good!I can listen to it several times in a row. Unfortunately, it is not available in the U.S., but thank goodness you can buy it on Amazon!!!
Oh, and check Brooke out on the Hillsong United albums. They are amazing!!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars FLAWLESS!
Brooke Fraser no doubt has one of the most beautiful voices that I have ever heard in my life, and on top of that, she loves Jesus.
Published 18 days ago by MB

5.0 out of 5 stars Original and motivating
Every song on this album is not only written by Brooke but amazing too. You can hear her heart through the lyrics and feel the relevance in your own life.
Published 6 months ago by Brittany N. Gilbert

5.0 out of 5 stars Music for a happy or cloudy day
This is a very well put together album with meaningful lyrics and a beautiful voice to go with it. Everyone needs this album in their collection.
Published 8 months ago by Ananda

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad that I've found you.
This is one of the best albums I've bought in twenty years. Brooke's music is pure and simply beautiful. The more I listen to her, the more I fall in love with this lady.
Published 8 months ago by Tadtawan Athipilai

5.0 out of 5 stars Albertine...
...is a really good Christian album whose songs can stand apart from Meredith Andrews, and Kari Jobe. A really good experience.
Published 12 months ago by i. t. j.

5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST CD I have bought in in while!
I first heard & saw the video for the song "Shadowfeet" on the Gospel Music Channel. I was mesmeried by the lyrics and content.
Published 12 months ago by NickelnDimes

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful(!), melodic pop/rock music.
A literate singer/songwriter, keyboard and guitar player from New Zealand, Brooke Fraser brings depth of thought to her music.
Published 15 months ago by CSLfan

5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
I have really enjoyed this album and a few other songs I've heard from Brooke Fraser. I would say if you like soft rock/contemporary female artists, give this one a listen.
Published 17 months ago by Jennifer Shoenberger

5.0 out of 5 stars Albertine Review
A beautiful album which jointly seems to soothe and challenge each time you listen to it; the original lyrics are so heartfelt and speak about life, love and being in relationship...
Published 17 months ago by J. B. Jessup

4.0 out of 5 stars Art in Musical Form
Wow is one word to describe Brooke Fraser. Awesome is a second word to describe her Band. The "Albertine" CD is poetry coming straight from Brooke's heart.
Published 17 months ago by Renee Hammonds

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