Item description for Broken & Beautiful by Mark Schultz...
Overview Track Listing
1. 1000 Miles 2. Broken & Beautiful 3. He's Walking Her Home 4. Until I See You Again 5. 40 Days 6. She Was Watching 7. Lord You Are 8. God Of Life 9. Now That You've Come Into My Life
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Studio: Word Entertainment
Record Label Word Entertainment
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2006
Publisher WORD INC. (MUSIC) #38
ISBN 5558145471 ISBN13 9785558145472 UPC 080688657024
Reviews - What do customers think about Broken & Beautiful?
I love it! Mar 14, 2007
I love the song broken and beautiful! If by chance I don't have the cd in and listening to the radio, if that song comes on, I pop my cd in to listen to it a second time!
Awsome Jan 18, 2007
I love Mark Schultz music. It is powerfull emotionally, at the same time, you have uplifting, and just fun tunes! Right on Mark!
Wonderful, moving music Jan 10, 2007
The CD is one of the best from Mark Schultz. Any fan of his music will enjoy the album, which is complete with upbeat, positive songs, moving ballads, and his signature storytelling style throughout. Each song has a great message, and encouraged me to ponder the stories in my own life.
Decent music, but not on the same level as previous efforts Nov 27, 2006
Despite being a long-term fan, I share the sentiments of some previous reviewers in being a bit disappointed by this album.
If you are accustomed to Mark's previous work, particularly songs like "He's My Son" or "Letters From War", you might also find this latest effort a bit of a let down. Such soaring, heartfelt piano ballads are largely absent from "Broken & Beautiful," and they are greatly missed.
This is not to say that there is a lack of talent on this CD; it's just that Mark seems to be wandering away from his well established canvas. Michael W. Smith did this a few times, but somehow still managed to hold onto some aspects of his original style. What we have here is, in contrast, a march in a totally new direction.
There is also a noticeable change in the religious content of the songs. While most of Mark Schultz's previous songs were inspirational, he has now crossed a line and edges concerningly close to outright Bible-thumping. Part of what drew me to his previous CDs was the universal appeal; the songs were spiritual, but one could play them around friends who might be Jewish or Muslim without feeling outright preachy or even rude. This simply isn't the case with the more Christian-and-in-your-face lyrics of this latest collection. I found the end result more unsettling than I did inspiring, and it serves to limit the appeal of "Broken and Beautiful."
I'll probably listen to his next CD online before I buy it, since this evangelistic turn is a bit disturbing to me.
A little disappointing Oct 11, 2006
I have to admit that I feel a bit let down by "Broken & Beautiful", which is sad since I had been looking forward to this CD for a couple months. I don't think the quality of it is too far below Mark's previous works, but his signature pop-piano is missing and that's one of my favorite aspects of his music. The variety of songs is great, as usual, as is Mark's incredibly distinctive voice, but it seems a bit too much like the majority of contemporary christian music being offered up. The distinctive sound I've come to love gets a bit lost in the guitar. Perhaps I should have seen it coming when I saw him with Phillips, Craig & Dean in August and he performed my favorite song of his, "You Are A Child of Mine" not from behind the keyboard but with an acoustic guitar in hand. I also found the title of the song "Until I See You Again" odd and a bit misleading as it also happens to be the name of the song Mark wrote and recorded with Jim Brickman for Jim's Greatest Hits record.
Please don't let this deter your purchase of "Broken & Beautiful" though, especially if you are as big a fan of Mark as I am. It is definitely a departure from his norm, but it is certainly not a bad effort. True, I was expecting something different and a bit more familiar, but after a few listens it's definitely growing on me. My favorites are the title track which always has me singing along loudly (and quite badly) by the end and I was overjoyed to finally hear the completed version of "He's Walking Her Home". Perhaps the closest thing to what I would consider "classic Mark Schultz" would be the ballad version of "Until I See You Again", which is stunning. I do miss the prevelance of the piano, since that is what hooked me on his music way back when "I Am The Way" was first released on the radio, but I applaud him for branching out and trying something new. It's a valiant effort, but falls a bit short in my book. Perhaps that is because I was anticipating something else, though.
I would recommend "Stories & Songs" first and foremost to anyone looking to try him out. It's an awesome representation of what he can do, with an impressive array of styles displayed. Next to "Mark Schultz Live", "Broken & Beautiful" is probably my least favorite but still definitely worth checking out.