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​Revisit the Resurrection
Posted April 03, 2018
By MaryNikkel_NRT, Staff Reviewer


Resurrection Letters, Vol 1 is a prequel ten years in the making. Resurrection Letters, Vol 2 came first, describing the way the resurrection of Jesus works its way out in the redemptions we live in our every day life. Earlier this year, Andrew Peterson released Resurrection Letters: Prologue, an EP centered on the crucifixion. Finally, Resurrection Letters, Vol 2 is adding the final puzzle piece by focusing on the event of the resurrection itself.

What it Sounds Like: 
Resurrection Letters, Vol 1 is what you've come to expect from Andrew Peterson: raw, folk influenced singer/songwriter tunes that rely more on sheer artistry than production bells and whistles. The album stays in upbeat musical territory, which you would expect with the kind of explosive joy inherent in songs like "Risen Indeed," "Rise Up" and "His Heart Beats." This organic musical sound keeps those celebration songs grounded in an earnest earthiness.  

Spiritual Highlights: 
Every song on this album is intimately centered on the resurrection of Jesus and what that means. Some songs bring us comfortably home to age-old attributes of Christ, such as in standout congregational "Is He Worthy" and "All Things Together." Others shed light on the resurrection story in a new way, as "His Heart Beats" describes the actual physical process of coming to life and "Maybe Next Year" captures the already-but-not-yet tension of the coming Kingdom of God. 

Best Song on the Record: 
Although Andrew Peterson seems incapable of crafting anything less than a masterclass in songwriting, "His Heart Beats" rises beautifully to the challenge of describing a familiar event in a way that makes the audience see it in a brand new way. The dynamic, steadily building melody seals this song's status as a stand out. 

For Fans Of: 
Audrey Assad, The Gray Havens, Jon Foreman

Final Word: 
Although Andrew Peterson released this just in time for Easter, Resurrection Letters, Vol 1 is the perfect way to keep resurrecting joy alive in your heart every day. Every song catches a unique facet of the light of salvation as we encounter it in the living Jesus Christ. 

Listen now on Spotify and iTunes.



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