We received a complimentary copy of this album for use in our review. All opinions and experiences are our own.
A little background on EXHALE by Plumb. EXHALE, the seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB, expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, EXHALE brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.
The defining concept of EXHALE was born from a sermon at Plumb’s home church, wherein her pastor Pete Wilson expressed the notion that the Church doesn’t exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community.
“That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn’t get to the Notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of EXHALE right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in everyway I can.”
Plumb certainly does exhale hope with her music. I always have music playing as I work--and I typically switch music freuqently throughout the day. The messages, the emotion, and the inspirational sounds of EXHALE have kept it on my daily playlist for over a week. Plumb possesses both a beautiful voice--and an amazing ability to exhale her faith into her surroundings. I think Faithful and Exhale were my immediate favorites--but, there isn't a song on the album that I skip during its playtime!
The tweens enjoyed EXHALE too....This is the ultimate test for new music in my little corner of the world....will the tween girls listen without complaint? Will they listen by their own free will? The rhythm and the sounds of this album are appealing to so many listeners as Plumb crosses so many musical styles with her unique sound. The girls seemed to find a soothing peace within the album as well--and were not ready to mute the sound as soon as they entered the room as they do with much of my other music selections! It was nice to hear Faith-filled music to which the entire family could (would) listen!
Would I recommend EXHALE from Plumb? EXHALE is an album for Christians and fans of modern, Christian music. This is the first time we have listened to Plumb--but, are now seeking out her first six albums as well! She has a beautiful voice and sings with incredible emotion and faith. There are times in life when we all feel broken--even the younger ones struggle with those feelings today--and this album serves as a beautiful reminder that our broken pieces may be mended--if we open our hearts and minds.
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