Recorded in March at the Door in Dallas, this album captures the intimate, confessional quality of Nichole Nordeman, who took home seven trophies at this year's Dove Awards.

Recorded in March at the Door in Dallas, this album captures the intimate, confessional quality of Nichole Nordeman, who took home seven trophies at this year's Dove Awards. The set succeeds beautifully on some levels and falls short of expectations in other ways. The breezy, jazzy "Is It Any Wonder" is a standout track, as are "My Offering" and "Holy." However, live albums usually give the listener a sense of the personality behind the songs—and this set does not. There are no intros and absolutely no between-song stage banter. This results in a too-sanitized "live" recording. While each Nordeman-penned song is a winner, a tepid cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" lacks the urgency and sense of wonder of the original. Live at the Door is a good-enough album—just not a good live album.—DEP

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