With chart topping hits spanning multiple genres over the course of her career, Plumb is well known by fans of Christian music. Need You Now delivers Plumb's signature sound in the top hits, "One Drop," "I Don't Deserve You" and "Beautiful." Plumb's infectious artistry is unique and timeless, offering up songs that fans of all ages can relate to.
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Plumb [Need You Now]| Posted February 21, 2013 With chart topping hits across multiple genres over the course of her career, Plumb presents yet again another brilliant studio collection. Titled Need You Nowafter the six week number one hit, "Need You Now (How Many Times)," the album delivers Plumb’s signature sound in top hits, "One Drop," "I Don’t Deserve You" and "Beautiful." Plumb’s infectious artistry has been featured in major motion pictures and TV shows. I remember the first time I heard Plumb’s song “God-Shaped Hole.” I immediately connected to the catchy melody and poignant lyrics. Throughout her career, she has continued to entertain and challenge listeners looking to fill that “God-shaped hole in all of us.”
Proving her lyrical prowess, Plumb aptly captures her essence on the opener "Invisible” when she sings, "I’m sick and then I’m well / So full so empty still / You leave me wanting / Oh tell me where’d you go / Don’t be invisible / Cause I am reaching / Save me." Therein lies the beautiful paradox of Plumb's art; she molds elements of rock, pop, and electronica together and does so while singing about some difficult subjects like physical abuse, alienation, and depression. "Beautiful,” I Want You Here" and "Say Your Name" are telling examples with Plumb's edgy rock mixing perfectly with strings. “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 beautifulto me.” I've been married for eighteen 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 her lyrics even more relatable to listeners.
“I Want You Here” features Plumb’s signature epic sound layered around Tiffany’s powerful vocals, as she belts out “An ache, so deep, that Ican hardly breathe…God help me, God help me, God help me, Breathe.” Tiffany struggled with panic attacks and shortness of breath and has learned to reach out to God in prayer for healing as also reflected in her hit song "Need You Now (How Many Times)." The title track is a wonderful song of encouragement and prayer to ask God to break your pride, live redemption's story, and move closer to who we're meant to be in Christ. Allow God and His Holy Spirit to change you to be more like Jesus, and move closer to His glory. The chorus of the song says it all, "How many times have You heard me cry out, "God please take this"? How many times have You given me strength to just keep breathing? Oh I need You, God, I need You now." God wants us to know that He's faithful to complete what's He's started in all of us who've put all of our hope and trust in Jesus for our salvation.
The stark and majestically beautiful songs "Unlovable” and “I Don’t Deserve You” bothshowcase Plumb's wonderful voice, and don't miss how she soars with eagles on these dramatic songs. Both songs bring me to tears as I pray along with Tiffany with the incredible lyrics of “Unlovable.” She brings out the truth of our fallen and judgmental selves when she proclaims: “So we say we love Jesus / But didn’t we kill Him / ‘cause we thought He was different / I bet He was saying…Why Me?Why am I not welcome in your company?Why do you treat Me like an enemy?If you believe the way you say you do / then why am I unlovable to you?” Oh my, the tears just flow when I listen to that gorgeous song. Have a box of tissues when you listen to the Prodigal Son inspired “I Don’t Deserve You.” Tiffany wrote the song directly to her song Oliver and 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 chorus—“I don't deserve Your love / But You give it to me anyway / Can't get enough / You're everything I need / And when I walk away / You take off running and come right after me / It's what You do / And I don't deserve You.”
CLOSING THOUGHTS Need You Now has been one of my favorite albums to savor in many years, as 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. Plumb’s longtime producer Matt Bronleewe perfectly describes her unique sound as "raw, lyrically introspective vocals floating across an epic soundscape." Every Plumb album is an immersion into her life. Each is unique, tied to the emotions and circumstances that inspired it, and yet each is timeless, identifiable as the outpouring of a singular artistic vision. Every song on this album is excellent, and Need You Now is the album of the year.
Plumb Delivers a Dynamic Punch| Posted January 28, 2013
It's been quite a long time since the last full-length album by popular crossover artist Plumb released. It's been more than five years, to be exact, since 2007's Blink. And since that was a softer, lullaby approach. It's been a full seven years since 2006's Chaotic Resolve when we last had a Plumb album like what we've come to expect from Tiffany Arbuckle Lee. Sure, we've had a greatest hits collection with some terrific singles, but no complete album.
Over the past few years, this long-awaited release has been teased through clips and radio singles. It's been delayed I don't know how many times, and has even undergone a name change after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. However, after what seems like forever, Need You Now finally seems like it will make it to the hands of eager fans.
Now the question is: does it live up to all the hype built by the long wait? Definitely.
In 2011 and 2012 respectively, Plumb released "Drifting" and the title track as singles from the album. The former is a catchy radio song featuring the familiar vocals of Jars of Clay's Dan Hastletine. The two sound great together and the track almost feels old now since it's well over a year old. But it's a great song nonetheless and it's great that it finally has an album it can call home.
As for "Need You Now," and I am sure radio fans will agree… WOW! It's truly one of the most emotional and powerful tunes that Plumb has ever released, and that's saying something given the track record of amazing emotional ballads. But this song just takes that power and runs with it to a whole new level.
Plumb's vocals slam into your ears with an emotional power that makes every word resonate as an honest and heartfelt prayer. "How many times have you heard me cry out 'God please take this' / How many times have you given me strength to just keep breathing / Oh, I need you / God I need you now."
It's one of the most powerful choruses on the radio in recent years and one of the best songs released in 2012. It certainly merits being upgraded to the title track and still stands as an album highlight amidst a great album.
As for the new material, there's plenty of it, and it's quite varied. (I expect most of these songs will find new life in future remixes that Plumb songs are famous for becoming.) "Invisible" opens the record with a guitar-driven kick and the song itself is dark and mysterious. "Cage" brings the rock back towards the end of the album. This was the first song listeners got a preview to more than two years ago now.
Of course the real gems come in the form of the emotional ballads. "I Want You Here" is a heartbreaking song about the loss of a child and I suppose it fits into the tradition of "Boys Don't Cry" and "Cut" from earlier releases, dealing with deep emotional issues in an honest first-person account. The song itself feels heartbreaking in its honest portrayal of that unimaginable pain and Plumb's vocals meet the tough task of selling it too. I think given the aforementioned recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the lyrics carry a relevant weight. This and the title track are intense portrayals of crying out for God in the midst of trials.
It's not all glum though. "Say Your Name" and "I Don't Deserve You" are also terrific and emotional musical journeys with great melodies and vocals. There are truly a lot of potential hits here. Plumb does an excellent job with balancing radio friendliness with amazing music.
"Beautiful," "One Drop," "Unlovable," and "At Arm's Length" all add their musical touches to a terrific selection of great emotional music. "At Arm's Length" builds slowly into an emotional and epic finish. (I don't know why the quieter first half of the song has a "closing moments of a television drama" vibe to me.) The musical journey through this album is memorable and rewarding. With so many great songs, this album is already set this as one of 2013's most promising releases.
I suppose if there were a misstep, it'd be the quirky "Chocolate & Ice Cream." It's not a bad song by any means. It's peppy and likable. However, sandwiched between the powerful title track and the rousing "I Don't Deserve You," it sort of feels like the odd song out. The heavy themes and emotional delivery of the rest of the songs in the album feel like they lead into each other and belong together. While I suppose this does offer a happy counterbalance to the others, I do feel it sort of breaks up the emotional momentum. Perhaps it might have fared better being released as a B-side, as it is still a very good song.
Can I say "WOW" again? Plumb's really knocked this out of the park. The music is packed with a myriad of different emotions and Plumb sells all of it with passionate vocals. The music is top-notch and the lyrics honest. There's really little more you could ask for in music. The sound's very accessible. I'd bet this album could easily appeal to fans of top-selling mainstream pop, while still being more than pleasing to those of us who like some lyrical meat in our music. Start to finish, this latest album from Plumb is pretty darn amazing.
HOTTER THAN AN EASY-BAKE OVEN| Posted April 06, 2013
2013 thus far has been a banner year for new music. And offering an array of delightful aural
flavors, the latest from Plumb is a record that I
simply can't stop listening too.
Tiffany Arbuckle Lee first emerged onto the international music scene in the late '90s, fronting the alternative Christian rock band, Plumb. After two studio records, the singer/songwriter parted with her band and assumed the name Plumb as her own, and in 2003, she released her first solo record, Beautiful Lumps of Coal. Over the years, Plumb's music has been featured in such movie and television soundtracks as Bruce Almighty, Dawson's Creek, and Just Married. Her songs have been covered by such artists as Michelle Branch, Mandy Moore and Jaci Velasquez. And as a driving force in the thriving Electronic Dance Music (EDM) genre, Plumb also scored a huge #1 Billboard dance hit in 2010 with the single, "Hang On."
After taking an extended break from the biz to focus on family, Plumb has returned in 2013 with her fourth studio album entitled, Need You Now. And along with producer and songwriting partner, Matt Bronleewe, she has created a riveting twelve-song collection.
"Invisible" is haunting and edgy. Given her reputation and success in the Christian music market, the lyrics, I cannot see you, but I can feel you — I just wanna be with you, could indicate a relational God-type message. However, when the eerie-sounding guitar work and vocals are combined with the lyrics, recollections of Glenn Closeboiling that bunny are conjured up immediately. Good stuff, to be sure. A chilling opener.
Featuring Jars of Clay frontman Dan Haseltine, "Drifting" is a positive, high energy song, filled with hope and encouragement. An amazing message indeed.
Offering a fly-on-the-wall look into a marriage that stays together despite the realities of life, "Beautiful" possesses a musical feel that's reminiscent of John Waite's 1984 hit, "Missing You" — making for a love song that's honest and pure.
"I Want You Here" is an epic piece of work. Plumb delivers these powerful lyrics with incredible passion. And in concert with the brilliant orchestral arrangement, this one will rip your heart out..
"I Want You Here" was inspired by the many little lives that departed this world much sooner than hoped. It is a prayer for strength in the midst of heartbreak, and I hope you'll feel free to share with anyone you know who has suffered such a loss. My dream is that these will know that they are not alone and may even yet find joy in their grief by believing that God is in control. —Plumb
An über infectious earworm, "Say Your Name" is a catchy break-up sing-along — a personal favorite of mine from the record.
Speaking to Christian hypocrisy, "Unlovable" is perhaps the most important song of the set. From alternative lifestyles (You don't understand me so you push me away. And you claim Jesus lets you live that way) to unwed mothers (She's got a child and no place to live. But all we can think about is our politics) to our Saviour (So we say we love Jesus. But didn't we kill him 'cuz we thought he was different), Plumb addresses the un-Christ-like way in which so many Christians treat those who are "different."
A moving, modern song of faith, the title track recently spent six weeks at #1 on Billboard's Christian Music chart...
"Need You Now" was born out of anxiety and panic attacks I had as a teenager. I've learned over the years that no matter how many times I've cried out to God,for whatever reason, He never grows tired. He never leaves us alone or gives us more than we can carry because he loves us. No matter what we've done. I'm so thankful this song that has helped me, can give hope to others as well. —Plumb
"I Don't Deserve You" delivers another fabulous and beautiful message of faith...
You never give up when I'm falling apart. Your arms are
always open wide. And you're quick to forgive when I make
a mistake. You love me in the blink of an eye.
(From "I Don't Deserve You")
Oddly, after nine consecutive, reasonably coherent and lucid tunes that convey positive messages of faith, love, hope and encouragement, Plumb once again goes "bunny boiler" on "Cage." But honestly, I kinda dig it...
I've got issues, that's for sure. But it's why you kinda like me, I know it boy.
The record wraps with a real gem — the Leslie-laced, "At Arm's Length." It's so warm, ambient and engaging that it doesn't really matter that it's seemingly about a once bitten twice shy, dysfunctional, love on the rocks relationship.
Plumb travels all over the map on this one — making it virtually impossible to pin her down musically. And although that often can prove to be a bit jarring with some artists, it works for Plumb. In sum, Need You Now is a colossal treat, not unlike getting an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas. And it likely won't be coming out of my hi-fi deck any time soon.
Chills| Posted February 22, 2013 I have waited anxiously for months for this album to come out and it's almost here. Plumb performs so well and has such an amazing voice that she's using for the Lord. and I was hooked. Her lyrics express so many feelings..
Great sound, lyrics that make you think| Posted February 20, 2013
Love this album! Her voice is gorgeous, the sound is serious but in a hopeful way, not a depressing way, and the lyrics have real substance. I would recommend this album to anyone who likes music that is a little on the harder side, but it will also appeal to those with a more "mainstream" taste.
Hmmmm... Not CHaotic Resolve| Posted February 19, 2013
Plumb has been one of those artists that either hits in right on the head or misses completely - This album is somewhere in between the two- She's not the same artist she was on Chaotic Resolve before- seems like her focus has shifted but she still doesn't want to lose the edge- BUT wants to be more commericially accepted
I thought the opener (Invisible) lacked substance- and just tried to use strange/eerie chord progressions to get that edgy/dark vibe without really having any lyrical power.
Drifting was ok. Could have done without Dan H.
Beautiful is a pretty love song----you can tell that life has changed for Tiffany (marriage/kids)
One Drop- got on the Jason Mraz/Ingrid Michaelson (sounds a lot like Blood Brothers) band wagon- w/ ukelele and a breezy pop song
I Want You Here is a beautiful song. Again- you can tell that life has changed. but It's beautiful
Say Your Name is an ok pop/rock song - lyrically it's pretty much the same theme as all the songs on this album
Unlovable is a great message/song- it's challenging
Need You Now- I don't like this song- when I heard it- it's depressing and never really moves anywhere musically
Chocolate and Ice Cream- Again with the kind of breezy piano pop that is (One Drop)- think a little Sara Bareallis thrown in.
I Don't Deserve You- same theme as drifting/Say your name/ Need you now/
Cage- I WISH there were more songs like this. THIS is the plumb that I'VE WAITED FOR.
At Arms Length- lyrically it's great- musically there are two many songs that are similar to it on the album that by the time you get to this song- you feel like you've already heard it.