Resurrection Letters, Vol. II
Russ Bremeier at Christianity Today:
“One track he’s an evocative poet, the next a storyteller, and before long he’s singing praise to the Lord—all within the same album. Though he resides in the same folk-pop vein throughout, he varies his scope from song to song (like Mullins) and thus more fully articulates Christian living than most of today’s faith-based artists.”
Laura Nunnery at Jesus Freak Hideout had this to say:
“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.”
Instrumental Track Download:
Unleash your inner folk singer. Or unleash your inner Christian karaoke singer. Or unleash your stereo's desire to play soothing background music while you sip tea and read the latest Rabbit Room post. Here you'll find instrumental tracks for all the songs on Andrew's Resurrection Letters, Volume II, including the bonus track "Have Your Way".
As an extra super bonus, the folder will include guitar/vocal lead sheets. So you can unleash your inner strummy guitarist.
|Preview||1||All Things New||3:49|
|Preview||3||All You'll Ever Need||3:05|
|Preview||6||Love Is A Good Thing||3:05|
|Preview||7||Don't Give Up On Me||4:31|
|Preview||9||Windows In The World||3:06|
|Preview||10||I've Got News||2:43|
|Preview||11||The Good Confession (I Believe)||4:17|
Comments & Reviews
Resurrection Letters, Volume 2 by Andrew Peterson. The beauty of his myriad poetic and musical tools is surpassed only by the message they convey. The message I’ve received so far from this album is this: “For better or worse, in sickness and in health, God is Love. What’s more, he wants you to experience His love. Yes, you. No really, you!”
From the first lines (“Come broken and weary / Come battered and bruised / My Jesus makes all things new.”) to the Celtic end of the album there is a humble acceptance of all who would claim the love of God.
His clever rhyming schemes and his use of the natural percussive rhythm of the lyrics combine to bring a smile to my face. It’s clear that these works were carefully and purposefully crafted.
My current favorite track is “Rocket” - but I’ll probably over-play it and eventually pick a new favorite. Fortunately, there are plenty of gems from which to choose. Possible usurpers would be “Hosanna”, “Love is a Good Thing” or “All You’ll Ever Need.”
I don’t know what the motivation behind “Hosanna” was, but I’d like to speculate. The song sounds like something you’ll hear in any contemporary Baptist church every Sunday morning: a happy-clappy, up-tempo praise song. The difference is in the verses’ lyrics: “I have lied to everyone who trusts me. I have tried to fall when I could stand. I have only loved the ones who loved me. Hosanna!” The verses confess a lifestyle of sin and the chorus announces the triumph. Brilliant!
Please listen to “Love is a Good Thing.” Even with the limited versions of love that I have experienced in my life, I found it throat-lumpingly true and beautiful.
“The blood of Jesus, it is like the widow’s oil: when it’s all you have it’s all you’ll ever need.”
Andrew, thank you for this album.
I can’t count the times over the past months that I have mentioned Andrew Peterson and gotten the response, “Who’s that?” If I had the ability and means, I would drop this CD in their hands as my answer. It is such good music and lyrics through and through! Over the past two years since it came out, it has easily become my default CD when I am not sure what to listen to. Andrew has once again made an album that will last for years to come.
I’ll dispense with introductions of the artist and the explanation of why there’s no Volume I (yet) and cut to the chase: this is brilliant work, and you must hear it.
The album opens with a rallying cry from a distant background vocal: “Rise up, oh you sleeper!” The song, All Things New, sets the stage, casting the resurrection as a sunrise after a dark night and recognizing that the same light should wake us up today.
The powerful opener is followed by one of the best songs I’ve heard in ages, Hosanna, which captures the bewildering contrast between the triumphal entry and the crucifixion, played out in the inner struggle of sin and redemption. Peterson’s first-person songs are often my favorites, and this is as personal and confessional as it gets. Each statement of the darkness of man - “I have cursed the man that you have made me / I have nursed the beast that bays for my blood / I have run from the one who would save me” – is followed by the same not-quite-defeated cry of praise voiced by the soon-to-be-crucifying mob on Palm Sunday, “Hosanna”. Like so many songs on the album, the darkness finds its dawn in the victory of Christ. The musical movement of percussion and strings follow the emotion of the redeemed sinner from Good Friday to Resurrection Sunday.
All You’ll Ever Need is a tour of 1st and 2nd Kings, threading the blood of Jesus through the fabric of scenes featuring Elisha, Elijah, and Naaman and concluding, simply, “I need it.” The lyrics get this right: salvation is not a singular event that the Christian experiences and then leaves behind. “The closer that I grow / The more I come to know how much I need / The blood of Jesus.” Staying in the Old Testament, Hosea poignantly tells the often-overlooked tale of redemption that so beautifully foretold what Christ would do on the cross. Who would have guessed there would be multiple songs by male singers as the voice of Gomer, the prostitute wife of the prophet Hosea? In the mold of Michael Card, whose “Song of Gomer” was a certain inspiration, at least topically, Peterson’s take captures the freedom of the bondservant of God in a triumphant final verse. Fans of both artists will no doubt enjoy comparing Peterson’s and Card’s interpretations of the same story in the same voice.
Not every song follows the resurrection theme quite as explicitly, but there’s not a misfire in the bunch. I wanted to dislike Rocket, the future-tense story of a trip to see a Space Shuttle launch, but the metaphor got to me and this wound up being the track that gets stuck in my head all day. Don’t Give Up On Me is another deeply personal song sung from husband to wife. Invisible God is a prayer of praise celebrating the visible evidence of an invisible God, voicing Romans 1:20.
Really, each of these songs deserves its own paragraph. Consider, for example, the brilliance of another song about paradox, Love is a Good Thing: “It’ll wake you up in the middle of the night, it’ll take just a little too much. / It’ll burn you like a cinder ‘til you’re tender to the touch. / It’ll chase you down, 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. / Love is a good thing.”
Produced by Ben Shive, the album employs an eclectic list of instruments, including fiddle, Irish whistle, mandolin, bouzouki, harp, and the obligatory hammered dulcimer, a Rich Mullins homage. The music maintains Peterson’s folksy pop sound, at times ebullient and at others drowsy when the tempo slows a bit too much and the multiple layers of instruments flatten out in the mix. Some lyrical phrases are repeated a few times too many, and the songs sometimes drag out the closing instrumentals too long. These are minor quibbles on a collection of treasures that further affirm Peterson’s mastery of his craft.
Peterson signed with Centricity Music (and completed a fantasy novel!) between the completion of this album and its imminent release, a step which should increase its impact. The attention in well-deserved; there are simply few greater songwriters in Christian music today.
My favorite album of Andrew’s. Was introduced to these songs on Pandora (my AP channel) and had to buy the album. Rich melodies and biblical truth. My favorite is The Good Confession. I love singing on the Chorus as a declaration of my faith in Him who saves.