Andrew Peterson - Resurrection Letters Vol II

Published Monday 12th January 2009
Andrew Peterson - Resurrection Letters Vol II
Andrew Peterson - Resurrection Letters Vol II

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 51805-15027
LABEL: Centricity 1910672
RELEASE DATE: 2008-12-05
RRP: £10.75

Reviewed by Jonathan Bellamy

Perched somewhere between James Taylor-esque folk and Chris Rice adult contemporary sits Andrew Peterson, an artist who has released at least 10 albums and two books since the mid '90s. His longevity says something about the quality of his artistry, although the lack of significant awareness perhaps indicates an artist yet to find that impacting song that will raise him to wider appeal. Peterson's latest offering is full of reflective melody and uncommonly thoughtful lyrics. Try for example the stirring "Hosanna", with its escalating strings: "You have crushed beneath your heel the vile serpent/You have carried to the grave the black stain/You have torn apart the temple's curtain/You have beaten death at death's own game." This Easter theme knits together 11 compositions of which Peterson states: "Whenever it's time to put a new album together, I look for a common strand that connects all the songs. This time around, it was clear to me that the songs are mostly about resurrection, about the way God makes all things new." Saying that, most of the songs focus more on the resurrection we see in our lives and the world around us, and because of that a Volume I is still to be penned and recorded, dealing specifically with Christ's Easter resurrection. With Easter fast approaching, if your heart is to go deeper than the recounting of the story, but to embrace the powerful implications of the Cross and Resurrection in your life today, then this album bursts with depth and understanding to help you along.

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Product Description
Come examine the death of Christ with Andrew Peterson on Resurrection Letters, Vol. II and see how this one selfless act impacts our lives, relationships and response to God. Andrew isn’t just stuffing songs with tired clichés but layers his masterful song craft, with poignant lyrics, acute observations and crushing truth as he finds the extraordinary in the ordinary places of life. Resurrection Letters, Vol. II is blanketed with rich and imaginative arrangements woven with everything from acoustic guitars and accordion, to mandolin, banjo and lush strings topped with Andrew Peterson’s distinctive vocals.

Reader Comments

Posted by Wolfgang Elste in Germany @ 09:46 on Nov 4 2008

This CD is amazing. It reminds me very much of the best work of Rich Mullins (especially the Cd 'the world as best as I remember it Volume one) This songs are really encouraging and moving. The Life with Jesus is an adventure and there is always hope, even in the most painful times - thats what I think these songs are all about. Its a classic album.

Posted by Chris Friedrick in Sherwood Oregon USA @ 04:25 on Oct 29 2008

I have all AP's CD's, and this very well may be his best. All his other CD's will have one or two mediocre songs(sorry Andrew) on them, but not this one. This one you just put on, and listen to with pleasure from start to finish.

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