SINGER/SONGWRITER CONTINUES LEGACY OF VERSE WITH ELOQUENT NEW CD
Posted November 24, 2008
If you’re frantically flipping through your CD collection, creating an extensive Google search and calling your mom screaming hysterically, “I missed it!” fret not. It wasn’t until after Andrew Peterson completed his new record, Resurrection Letters—reflecting on the aftermath of renewal from Christ’s resurrection—that Peterson realized he still wanted to write and record an album about the actual events of Christ’s death and return to life.
So for the sake of chronology, Peterson first issues Resurrection Letters, Volume II. A little odd? Maybe. But after making a career of telling poetry-filled stories with his campy vocals and delicate acoustic guitar, Andrew Peterson has so far defied definition. And with his new CD, he continues the legend.
With lines that weave certain Scriptural truths into an everyday language of guilt, confession, belief and surrender, Andrew Peterson ignites the fire of God in 11 songs filled with transparent lyrics and evocative melodies.
Amid a flurry of acoustic sounds (and very symphonic string lines) “All Things New” introduces the disc with a simple reminder to “Hold on to the promise/The stories are true/Jesus makes all things new.”
Grappling with humanity’s sin nature in light of a Savior’s act of redemption, “Hosanna” uses the old Hebrew word meaning “Save us, now!” to cry out: “I am tangled up in contradiction /I am strangled by my own two hands/I am hunted by the hounds of addiction/Hosanna . . . See the long-awaited King come to set His people free.”
Playing with irony, “Love is a Good Thing” contends love is worth it even though “It’ll chase you down and swallow you whole/It’ll make your blood run hot and cold/Like a thief in the night it’ll steal your soul, and that’s a good thing.”
Since his national debut eight years ago, Peterson has remained one of the most under-recognized songwriters in Christian music. Should there be any ounce of justice in this industry, Resurrection Letters, Volume II will go down in the books as one of the more honest depictions of Christ’s redemption in recorded music history. –Andrew Greer
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