Produced by Ben Shive.
We really, really like this album, and think you will, too.
Guests include Andrew Peterson, Andy Gullahorn, Gabe Scott, Andrew Osenga, Steve Hindalong.
|Preview||2||You Don't Have The Strength||3:22|
|Preview||3||I Will Go With You||3:41|
|Preview||4||Reality Came Crashing Down||3:47|
|Preview||5||I Had To Tell You||4:10|
|Preview||6||Come Back A Fool||3:33|
|Preview||7||In The Movies||3:25|
|Preview||9||Louisiana In The Dark||3:21|
|Preview||10||The Traveling Onion||3:07|
|Preview||11||Sad To Watch You Wave||4:01|
Comments & Reviews
I was immediately struck by the soulful sound that pours from this album - especially “I had to tell you”.
This was my first Eric Peters album and gets played frequently. The songs are catchy in sound and deep in lyrics that get to you time and time again.
I’m gonna be honest here and say I decided to buy this cd after I listened to the Rabbit Room podcast about it and hearing the song about his career, I felt bad and decided to buy it. So yeah, I was basically guilted into buying it. With that being said, I love the cd, a LOT, it’s a gem. The songwriting is honest and heartfelt and it pulls you in. I especially love the song “I Had To Tell You”, it puts into words something a lot of us think at some point but rarely come out and say out loud. This cd is a gift to anyone who gets the pleasure of hearing it. Eric Peters is one of my favorites now, I definitely won’t be buying the next cd out of guilt.
Ok, so I am kind of stealing this review from an article I wrote, so here is my Chrome review… with the words of Eric Peters…
Beauty is often born out of difficulty and Chrome is no exception. Under the watchful eye of Ben Shive, darker lyrical content than past fare by Peters was infused with musical light. The upbeat music often belies an honest recognition that life is hard and things don’t always work out the way we dream.
“I kept apologizing to Ben early on because [the songs] were so sad,” Peters laughed. “Which they are, but he also heard melody in there. And that’s one of the beautiful things about art, because a person like Ben can take these melodies and make it work.”.”
What Peters and Shive created was an 11-song masterpiece that is meant to be listened to on good speakers or high quality headphones. If you listen with the windows down in your car, you will miss the intricacies of melody drifting in and out of the songs, like faint memories that color a picture, without which the richness would be much fainter.
Peters took Frederich Buechner’s words as Chrome’s theme: “The story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all.” The stories told in Chrome are personal but with themes that are larger than an individual. In the end, it is the story that matters to him, not who is telling it.
“I’m just trying to tell my story the best way I know how and hope people can relate to it,” said Peters, speaking of the personal nature of the record. “For example, my buddy went through a bankruptcy and told God to go to hell in the middle of all of it. I don’t know what that is like but I sure know what it means to deal with bitterness, to deal with disappointment and grave moments of doubt. Sometimes a tiny grain of hope is all I’ve got. Hope peeks its head out in the midst of an awful story and God shows up to redeem, to bring back to life.”
That theme even extends to the album art. “David van Buskirk (the artist) came up with this idea of an umbrella, hanging there with these keys falling, with a lock underneath and the lock is locked,” Peters described. “Our stories are useless if we keep them to ourselves. I guess the idea is that in the sharing and the telling and the hearing of people’s stories, we inevitably find something of ourselves in those stories.”
- Produced by Ben Shive