Music Review: “The Unmaking” (C.D. single)

On May 4th, Christian music veteran Nichole Nordeman released her “comeback single”, The Unmaking.” It’s the first single off her latest album of the same name– the first album she’s released in almost 10 years.

After releasing her 4th studio album, Brave, in 2005, Nordeman took some time away from the music business to spend time with her family. During that time, she wrote songs for other artists, released a couple songs of her own in 2013 (“Be My Rescue” and “Real“), and went through some struggles in her personal life; but now she’s back and better than ever! “The Unmaking” is a mid-tempo pop track that is bound to get stuck in your head after hearing it for the first time! Lyrically, it deals with the issue of self-surrender to Jesus after a difficult time in one’s life.

With regards to “” Nordeman shared the following with hallels.com last month:

Not too long ago, I heard a pastor friend of mine say this, “God longs for resurrection in us…but first we have to go through some measure of unmaking.”

Unmaking? That sounded like the opposite of what I’d been trying to accomplish spiritually for years. I sat with those words for a long time.

Before things in our lives can be resurrected and given new life, certain things must die. Before beauty blooms in spring, roots must do the hard work under the hard frozen soil of winter. Before you renovate and re-build, you tear down the parts of the structure that are weak or damaged or dangerous.

Before we make, we must unmake.

The above quote is reflected in the song, more specifically with the opening lyrics, “This is where the walls gave way / This is demolition day / All the debris / and all this dust / What is left of what once was / Sorting through what goes and what should stay…” as well as these lyrics in the chorus:

The GMA Dove Award-winner also shared what had inspired her to write the song.

Let me tell you where God wanted to meet me these past several years. On a pile of rubble.

He wanted to sit with me in the silence and dust, after the wrecking ball, and put his arms around me for a while. He asked for vulnerability. And for honesty. I was embarrassed about the rubble and started to explain right away. He didn’t want to hear my plans for improvement. He had no interest in my blueprints. He wanted to hold hands and dry my tears. To help me understand that the rubble is where we have to start. The unmaking is first. We sat there for a long, long time until I started to get it.

~Nichole Nordeman

With eye-opening lyrics such as, “What happens now / When all I’ve made is torn down? / What happens next / When all of You is all that’s left? /… Before each beginning / There must be an ending / Sitting in the rubble / I can see the stars…” I believe this is Nichole’s best song to date. And I can’t wait for the release of her new EP, also titled The Unmaking, which drops August 28th!

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