Featuring four new songs, this deluxe edition includes 18 songs from her album, Need You Now. New songs include "Faithful," "Lord I'm Ready Now," "Don't Deserve You (Radio Edit") and "Need You Now (Worship Edition)."
This continues the incredible return to form for Plumb that started with 2013's release of Need You Now.
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Fall Back in Love| Posted September 15, 2014
The first time I heard Plumb's song "God-Shaped Hole," released at the end of the 90s, I immediately connected to the catchy melody and poignant lyrics. Throughout her career, she has continued to entertain and challenge listeners, looking to point us to the One who can fill that "God-shaped hole in all of us."
Plumb's album Need You Now has been one of my favorite albums to savor in years. The combination of Tiffany Arbuckle-Lee's incredible vocal range and her compelling and relevant lyrics have never been more perfectly combined than with this stellar and flawless masterpiece, which was my 2013 Album of the Year. Plumb's longtime producer Matt Bronleewe perfectly describes her unique sound as "raw, lyrically introspective vocals floating across an epic soundscape."
Need You Now (Deluxe Edition), available everywhere September 16, is a collection of powerful and emotional songs including the four new songs "Starting Over," "Fall Back In," "Faithful" and single "Lord, I'm Ready Now." They are songs about the restoration of her marriage after a separation from her husband Jeremy, also chronicled in her book NEED YOU NOW: A Story of Hope.
"Beautiful" perfectly displays the reality of marriage with the poignant lyrics "Oh I don't deserve you ?cause I always hurt you / then you say the perfect thing / you're beautiful, so beautiful to me." I've been married for twenty years, and the "crazy cycle" of marriage is one that hinges on compromise and asking for forgiveness. Just like in "Real Life Fairytale," Plumb captures the marriage dynamic in a catchy song. Now a mother of three, she seasons her lyrics with her life experience, making them even more relatable to listeners.
The unity message of "One Drop" is also my prayer for my marriage: for God to be at its center. This song is an offering of submission to God's supernatural ability to keep together what would otherwise fall apart. Christians in marriages need to stand up and pray "I need you, and you need me / left alone we will never be who we could be / so take my hand, and don't forget that we can do anything together."
"Starting Over" showcases Plumb's wonderful voice and celebrates the restoration of her marriage. It brings me to tears of joy as I sing along with Tiffany "I'm gonna love you with all that I've got / like it or not, no matter how hard / we can't change all the damage we've done / I'm for starting over." "Fall Back In" continues that theme with the beautiful description of how Tiffany's marriage was restored.
"Faithful" is also deeply moving, especially when Tiffany tenderly sings "You are faithful to me / I am not afraid no matter where I go / You will never leave me / in You I am home." As a father of three daughters and a chosen son of my Heavenly Father, I can't listen to this gorgeous song without being moved. The picture of God's unconditional love for us after all that we've done wrong is profoundly captured in the song.
"Lord, I'm Ready Now" has a catchy melody and reflects how I feel as a believer. Like "Need You Now" and "I Don't Deserve You," it is a wonderful song of encouragement and a prayer to ask God to break your pride, live redemption's story and move closer to who we're meant to be in Christ. God wants us to know that He's faithful to complete what's He's started in all of us who have put our hope and trust in Jesus. The song celebrates restoration with the lyrics "You called my name, I turned away / But now I am listening / I was so caught up in who I'm not / Can you please forgive me?"
As a Christian father and husband, I can really relate to Plumb's songs about anxiety, marriage and parenthood. Tiffany Arbuckle-Lee is one of my favorite writers in all of Christian music because her songs are so emotional, vulnerable and authentic. These songs come right from her heart and express how many of us feel.?All of these songs inspire, challenge and move me.
Need You Now (Deluxe Edition) is a soothing and stirring listening experience, with the additional tracks beautifully complementing the original release material. Every song is catchy and focused on higher truths that we all need to hear and pass on. Plumb is an anointed songwriter and singer, and she has a profound way of piercing my soul with her poignant words, tender singing and inspirational truths. I get welled up singing along with several of these vulnerable songs, especially "Beautiful," "One Drop," "I Want You Here," "Unlovable," "Need You Now," "Don't Deserve You," "Starting Over," "Faithful" and "Lord, I'm Ready Now." All of these majestically beautiful offerings celebrate Plumb's "Real Life Fairytale" and stir listeners to "Fall Back In" love with God and spouses.
Song to Download Now:
"Lord, I'm Ready Now" (Get it on iTunes here.)
Plumb, a successful artist across multiple genres — everything from major Hollywood soundtracks to alternative rock to EDM to chart-topping CCM hits — released Need You Now: Deluxe Edition Tuesday, September 16.
While listening to Need You Now: Deluxe Edition — especially the new material — it put something in my heart that I haven’t been able to shake: when we’re willing to tell the story of our brokenness, it gives God a chance to redeem those things by encouraging others.
Many people call it a testimony, but when you’re willing to tell your story — and not just the happy shiny parts — it feels as if you’re cracking yourself open like a shattered jar and letting it all pour out. Once you do that, like the woman who broke the alabaster jar to pour its contents out on Jesus, you can’t really control the volume that comes out. That can be unnerving. “There it all is. Pouring everywhere. The jar is emptied to the last drop.”
But when we open up about our brokenness and take that scary step of telling our stories, God redeems those things by turning them into life-preservers for others.
And that’s why I treasure Need You Now and the new colors in the Deluxe Edition, especially the new song “Fall Back In,” which drew tears as I listened; my “music reviewer” hat fell off for a moment, and it took awhile to find it on the floor and put it back on. The song is a powerful, heart-wrenching but beautifully hopeful song.
Plumb, in this album and in her new book Need You Now: A Story of Hope, cracks open the jar and opens up about the some intense, vulnerable things. She especially focuses on dark valleys that couples experience in marriage and relationships, but because it’s fused with that life-giving redemptive power of Christ, all of it adds up to the light of Heaven. She provides hopeful proof from her own experience that Christ can restore what has been lost.
In other words, God can take even the darkness in our lives and turn it into light that others can see by.
As far as the musical content, the Deluxe Edition — thanks to the new tracks — has its own voice, its own character that definitely makes it worth having. It was thoughtfully done. There are plenty of new colors to hear and, I’d venture to say, the new stuff is Plumb at her very best.
“Starting Over” dives fearlessly into the EDM world, for example. EDM — which covers everything from Skrillex to Swedish House Mafia to Daft Punk — essentially conquered the secular music industry several years ago and hasn’t slowed down. In recent years I’ve come to dislike Contemporary Christian Music’s clumsy Coke commercial attempts at EDM, but Plumb — thank God — is a huge exception, which is certainly why she’s garnered attention from fans across the board, both secular and Christian. I like her take on EDM as much as, say, Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon. Her voice — her particular timbre and vocal range — feels at home in a synth-sonic, pulsating EDM environment. It’s beautiful and exhilarating, which is always the premise and goal of vocal-based EDM songs.
“Faithful” creates a contemplative, stirring pop-synth experience with great melodic writing throughout. “Lord I’m Ready Now” has that classic Plumb anthem feel — her trademark expression of what I might call a triumphant yearning that has made so many of her songs soar over the years.
The “worship version” of “Need You Now (How Many Times)” caught me off guard. It adds a bridge that strips off the confined radio single protocol and pulls you neck-deep into something like a psalm of David — the ones where David is crying out to God with the rawest cries. That added bridge, to me, represents the heart of the song, and it’s what the album is all about: an unafraid baring of brokenness and crying out to God that gives hope and inspires the listener to “cast all your cares at His feet.”
Great new songs. Incredibly edifying. Deluxe Edition is worth the time and money.