Release Date: February 23rd 2018
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Beautifully Broken
Tiffany Arbuckle Lee (aka Plumb) has had an amazing career so far. Releasing her album Need You Now in 2013 after a hiatus for the past few years, and also a deluxe edition of the same album in 2014, in 2015 Plumb unveiled her new worship project Exhale and last year released her new EP God Help Me. This coming week she is back with a brand-new pop/worship melody, titled “Beautifully Broken”. Establishing herself as one of Christian pop/rock’s most creative and passionate artists, and personally one of my favourite female artists; Plumb is showing no signs of slowing down, despite her time away from the stage. Already achieving what many artists would consider a dream, including many hit #1 songs (“Hang On”, “Cut”, “I Don’t Deserve You”, “In My Arms”, “God Shaped Hole”, “Stranded”, “One Drop”, “Need You Now”) and albums in the Christian, mainstream and the dance markets, a long time successful song-writing partnership with Matt Bronlewee, as well as plenty of airplay of songs in movies and TV (One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries, Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, The Nativity Story); Plumb’s accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable.
With this new song as well, the writing is top notch- the theme of “Beautifully Broken” is the fact that we can admit that we have faults and things in our lives where we have messed up, and then call on God to inspire us in our daily walk with Him, and to fix us in His timing. Admitting that we’re broken and in need of a Saviour is very freeing, with this piano pop melody being all the more relevant in today’s culture where we are told to believe that we need to have everything held together- we need to act perfect all the time, but this song is the antithesis of popular belief. That yes, perfection is something we can strive for but never actually reach, but rather what we should do, is call on Jesus to help us with our imperfections, and to love us despite everything we’ve done and yet to do. Inspiring is an understatement with “Beautifully Broken”, how about revolutionary and life-changing? How about we mull over the honest and emotional lyrics of ‘…oh, the God who made the stars, is the God that made your heart, and He’s holding you right now, He can heal the broken parts, and make beauty from the scars…’
I’m not sure why “Beautifully Broken” wasn’t included on Plumb’s EP God Help Me (maybe it wasn’t written or recorded yet!)- and maybe this song is a lead single to a future full length album to be released sometime in 2018. But one thing I do know, is that Plumb’s prowess as a songwriter and singer is one of the best in the industry right now! With such a smorgasbord and myriad of relevant topics explored and musical genres delved into throughout her career; you could do no wrong in checking out Plumb’s music, as there is something for everyone in her discography! As with “Beautifully Broken”, you are guaranteed to be changed, as we fully understand the concept of God loving us despite our brokenness. Until Plumb’s next album, we can enjoy all of her most recent material (which is as strong, if not moreso, as her earlier material!); and if “Beautifully Broken” is anything to go by, then we can be sure than Plumb will wow us in 2018!
RIYL: Kerrie Roberts, Jamie Grace, Mandisa, Francesca Battistelli, Natalie Grant