Album review: Need You Now by Plumb
Throughout her decade-old career, Tiffany Arbuckle Lee (a.k.a. Plumb), has established herself as a multi-faceted musical force.
Even while juggling her role as wife and mother of three, Lee has achieved what many artists only dream to accomplish with a full-time career.
The past 15 years have seen Plumb establish a legacy of remarkable breadth with multiple no. 1 songs and albums in the Christian, Pop and the Dance/Club genres, a successful song-writing career and numerous song placements in movies and television.
Now, with the advent of her sixth studio album titled “Need You Now,” and hot on the heels of the no. 1 breakout title-track single, Plumb reaffirms her place as a respected voice and writer in multiple genres.
Plumb recorded “Need You Now with her long-time producer and cowriter Matt Bronleewe.
After years of working together, the pair knows each other well, and their art is the evidence.
“We have incredible musical chemistry, so making this album, much like others we’ve made, was like breathing,” said Plumb.
Invisible is a powerful album opener. It almost takes me unawares as Plumb calls out to God (the Invisible). The song tells a story of a troubled and lost person calling out to be saved. She employs several studio gimmicks as she fuses pop-rock and electronica on this song.
In Drifting, Dan Haseltine from the Christian rock band Jars of Clay joins Plumb to bring hope to the lost. The song is energetic and motivational. Dan and Tiffany sound impressive together, making this collaboration superb. This one was made for radio.
Beautiful depicts the complexity of a relationship (marriage) where one party is feeling unworthy with self-image problems and the other party still being supportive. “Oh I don’t deserve you cus I always hurt you. Then you say the perfect thing. ‘You’re beautiful, so beautiful to me.’” Plumb sings. The lyrical content on this song makes it extraordinary.
One Drop is mushy! It’s a delightful love song that will make anyone in love smile. The song has beautiful acoustic guitar riffs which are accompanied by lovely melodic harmonization. The song is also a call to action – asking people to stand up for those with no voice. The music video was recently filmed with the Blood : Water Mission organization.
I Want You Here begins with distant bells then a piano and strings follow introducing this simply heartbreaking tune. Plumb sings about the pain of losing a child. The hurt in her voice is undeniable. The steady drums roll and orchestral instrumentation makes her voice more impactful to listeners as she cries out “God help me. God help me. God help me breathe.” The song is potent, yet sad, powerful yet nerve-wracking.
Say Your Name is a pop song and even with the hint of pain and hurt on the song, it still managed to be disco-groovy and enjoyable. Alongside co-writers Seth Jones and Ben Glover, Plumb shows lyrical prowess in Unlovable and her vocals are phenomenal. Plumb sings beautifully on this ballad. The depth of writing of this song is impeccable giving listeners something to ponder about.
Need You Now, the chart-topping single and the album title track, is a gem. It is decidedly modern with loopy drums. The song has elements of several genres and is a brilliant tune. This is indubitably my favorite version of the song because unlike Lady Antebellum’s version, Plumb’s “Need You Now” is a passionate call to God. It’s a full-hearted longing for the Creator.
“Need You Now,” was born out of anxiety and panic attacks I had as a teenager,” said Plumb. “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.” This is a Plumb classic already. It is one of those songs to which one doesn’t get tired of listening.
From the cheesy lyrics to the pop beats, Chocolate and Ice Cream is a real hip track. It sounds a lot like what one would hear on pop radio stations. Maybe if I were a 16-year-old girl I would have enjoyed the song.
Plumb turns into a vocal powerhouse on I Don’t Deserve You. “I don’t deserve your love, but you give it to me anyway. I 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” she sings. The tempo is just right further making this one of the highlights of the album. Plumb even funks things up in a remix version of this song at the end of the album.
Cage is just about the only song I felt was out of place in this album. This could be because this song came out a while ago and has had its share of heavy rotation, so it felt old and out of place. It’s a decent song nonetheless, it just doesn’t feel right standing next to the rest of the songs.
At Arm’s Length has a fantastic concept. Plumb sings about patching up a relationship. She starts off singing, and it can be heard as if singing from inside a well – imparting the illusion of distance and depicting “arm’s length.” Eventually, the sound of her voice draws closer. Great sound engineering skills making it possible for Plumb to pull this stunt off.
In conclusion, ”Need You Now” not only reaffirms Plumb’s many talents, but it says, “Hey I am back, I have lived life, and I have discovered a better me.” This album is certainly a statement. It is an album that says. “Yes we all hurt, we all feel pain, but Jesus is always there to fix us and restore our lives and relationships.”
Plumbs confluence of talents makes listeners delve impertinently into “Need You Now,” thereby relating to that state of haplessness that only Jesus can audaciously take away.
I Want You Here
Say My Name
Need You Now
I Don’t Deserve You