When I first read the title of folk poet Andrew Peterson's newest album, Resurrection Letters Volume II, I did a double take. I consider myself a close follower of Peterson's music, so I could not believe I missed the release of Resurrection Letters Volume I. However, I breathed a sigh of relief when I learned there was no such album. For an explanation of the title, visit Andrew's website.
Having reviewed several Peterson albums, I have yet to find myself disappointed. Although his style has changed little since the release of his major label debut Carried Along in 2000, Peterson's vocals and writing ability continue to grow stronger. Resurrection Letters Volume II finds Peterson pondering Jesus' resurrection while confessing his own weakness and need for redemption.
While Peterson's musical arrangements are always crisp and vibrant, his biggest strength lies in his lyrical ability. I often find myself indifferent and even turned off by much current Christian music because of the shallowness and banality of the lyrics. Peterson understands the value of thinking deep and draws inspiration from various sources. When he sings about Jesus, he sings as one who actually knows and loves Him and not as one who is simply trying to get another radio hit. He is not afraid to bring up pain, nor is he afraid to admit his own faults and failures. The second song on Resurrection Letters Volume II, "Hosanna," is a perfect example. Peterson sings, "I have lied to everyone who trusts me. I have tried to fall when I can stand. I have only loved the ones who loved me. Hosanna." "I've Got News" echoes this theme, with Peterson telling listeners who feel hopeless and unworthy that he is no different from them. He ends the song offering the hope God's love. The final song, "The Good Confession," is one of the most introspective songs Peterson has ever released, and it is also my favorite on the album.
If every artist received the amount of recognition he deserved based on talent, Andrew Peterson would have shelves filled with awards. Unfortunately, the industry does not work that way. Although Peterson continues to remain under appreciated, he is never miserly when it comes to producing quality albums that are honest, poignant, and relatable. Resurrection Letters Volume II is another page in a moving story that is Andrew Peterson's musical catalogue.- Review date: 10/20/08, written by Laura Nunnery
Record Label: Centricity Records
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