Album: Chaotic Resolve
In A Word: Gutsy
"Fresh, honest and full of integrity, this is
an album that will speak directly to the heart, the
emotions and the spirit."
In 1997 the debut
self-titled album, Plumb, announced the arrival of
an artist who demanded to be heard. The respect from within
the industry for Plumb was instant and it has only grown since
then. She was, in some ways, an answer to the then front-runners
of angsty pop/rock such as Alanis Morissette. Many today would
compare her to the metal-pop of Evanescence. The difference
is, Plumb was and still is singing about the tough stuff of
life but with a sense of hope, a sense of God in all of her
Plumb is Tiffany Arbuckle Lee. Chaotic Resolve is
her fourth album (not a large output in nine years by today’s
standards) and each album, while varying slightly, has managed
to build on the respect she gained in 1997.
Her second album - 1999's Candycoatedwaterdrops -
included the hit God-Shaped Hole - co-written with
Michael W. Smith collaborator Wayne Kirkpatrick - certainly
signalled an arrival into the ‘mainstream’ (and
won her a Dove Award). There was also 2003’s Beautiful
Lumps Of Coal which I cannot comment on as it seemed
to avoid Australian shelves in what I can only guess was an
oversight on the distributor’s behalf. Now, in 2006,
the situation is rectified with Chaotic Resolve.
Plumb is back to her angsty, gut-wrenching, honest best with
songs like (about learning from brokenness), I Can’t
Do This (an honest prayer for help), and Cut
(coping with self-abuse). She doesn’t shy away from
socially taboo subjects, but she also offers some girlie respite
with love songs such as the opening track Blush and
the overtly sweet Real Life Fairytale. For something
a little different there is the bonus track of Plumb’s
take on the Michael W. Smith classic Pray For Me.
Musically you would be hard-pressed to find a sound more full
than Plumb’s. Start with a basic rock band, add the
very chunky drum ‘n bass programming of Matt Bronleewe
(who has also worked with Rebecca St James and Michael W.
Smith) and then for good measure add the Prague Philharmonic!
Plumb is one of those artists that this reviewer feels we
should be thankful is choosing to add her take on music and
life to the Christian industry. Fresh, honest and full of
integrity, this is an album that will speak directly to the
heart, the emotions and the spirit.
Michael can be heard weekday mornings on Geelong-based radio
station 96.3 - www.rhemafm.org.au.
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