Andrew Peterson - The Far Country

Published Monday 3rd October 2005
Andrew Peterson - The Far Country
Andrew Peterson - The Far Country

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13909-10867
LABEL: Fervent 8864472
RRP: £2.50

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Hard to believe that this is the American songsmith's sixth album when you think of how little coverage he's received in Britain. Launching round the same time as Bebo Norman, Andrew never picked up the same acclaim and so is still relatively unknown here. Dropped by Essential Records, he got snapped up by a new label and re-launches with this well crafted selection of rootsy pop which pitches in musically very, very near to Rich Mullins with a splash of Coldplay thrown in for good measure. Thematically a great deal of this album is concerned with death and the hope of eternity. It's not as depressing as you'd imagine because it's focussed on the hope that we have. 'The Far Country' is here and our real home is with God. Not an original thought but nicely executed on the title cut. Elsewhere the acoustic sounds, poppy melodies and sensitive arrangements make this a winner if not a little derivative of Mullins' oeuvre.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Trevor in Stoke on Trent @ 21:40 on Nov 13 2005

Andrew Peterson gets loads of coverage on UCB, songs from his last three albums are on the playlist, as well as some from his stunning Christmas album from last year 'Behold The Lamb Of God.' Can't agree his voice is all that Mullins-esque, but his songwriting carries Rich's torch as well as anyone (whatever happened to Mitch McVicker?)

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