My Thoughts: At first glance, Britt Nicole’s music may not seem any different than any other Christian or mainstream artist (Taylor Swift, Colbie Calliet or Selena Gomez) – something I do not mean as a slight, mind you. Prior to this collection of songs, I loved Britt’s music (her prior two albums were Say It and The Lost Get Found) and more importantly, her heart for God shines.
On this, Gold, Britt’s third studio album, I find myself disappointed in a couple of the tracks. But this isn’t because they lack Christianity’s message, instead I realize I’m not wild about the “tone” of certain songs. Britt starts things off right with the title track, “Gold.” Its message is a heartfelt one about believing in ourselves and not taking to heart cruel things peers may say about us. There is a message and heart to the song as Britt (and her co-writers) weaves together a song that teaches us to recognize that beauty is so much more than skin deep (from the inside out, it’s true – you’re worth more than gold).
“Who You Say You Are” is a lovely ballad about believing in “who” Christ is because he has never been anything but “real.” The lyrics are rich and thought-provoking, and meld well with the music; He knows our “name” and our “story.” In “The Sun is Rising” hope in loss chronicles; and a really fun girl-power ballad manifests in “Still that Girl.” This is a song that is a letter of sorts encouraging girls to never hide their lives away – to never give up on something that we may believe it. Incidentally it is a favorite.Britt Nicole: ‘Gold’ Album Review #FWarchives Click To Tweet
Collaborating on “Ready or Not” with Lecrae Moore, this track was a highly-anticipated cut prior to the release of Gold. I did not care for the song. It is peppy, has a great beat and the lyrics are perfect as a summer tune but the addition of an opening that is more of a rap ruins what would have been an otherwise catchy beat; I am not the kind of girl who goes for that sort of music. Right or wrong, it is not my thing.
Back to some of the jewels. There is “Looks Like Love,” (reminding us to enjoy little things in life); “Breakthrough,” (also not a favorite); “Stand”; and another of the best tracks, “Amazing Life.” We all get caught up in the busy-ness of life, daily tasks, or sometimes that one moment when we question or wonder what life is. The song reminds us what an amazing life God blesses us with – the gifts he bestows on us, and the things that should never be taken for granted. Completing the 11-track album is “All this Time” but then, you all already know how well I love that song. It is a very personal moment in Britt’s life that she has shared with her fans in a lyrical outlet, and the result is beautiful.
All told, this album is a five-star stunner – I have it playing on my iPod, WMP, and the physical album. (My copy is in all likelihood wearing out already.) Since picking up this copy of the Gold album, it has been “on repeat.” What a memorable collection of songs. Nearly all of its messages are about realizing our worth from the inside, and living life to the fullest – for Him. Now taking all this advice to heart: Go shine.
Hold your head up high / From the inside out / It’s your time to shine / You’re worth more than gold
About the Gold Album:
Writing Credits: Britt Nicole, Ben Glover, David Garcia
Label: Sparrow Records
Genre: Christian Pop