Over the last ten years Andrew Peterson has quietly carved out a niche for himself as one of the most thoughtful, poetic, and lyrical songwriters of his generation. More recently he’s established himself as the grassroots facilitator of an online literary and songwriting community and an emerging fantasy novelist as well (The Wingfeather Saga). But it’s still ultimately that sense of rootedness that listeners, readers and fans seem to respond to most deeply—because Andrew’s songs (and books) remind us again and again of simple, solid things like love and friendship and hope and redemption and beauty and how our stories were meant to be shared, and how the darkness will not always hold sway, and how we, being human, need to hear those things over and over again, because otherwise we become disconnected from the very stories we’re living in. All of which brings us, in a roundabout way, to our real starting point, because somehow, Andrew Peterson’s new, twelve-song project, Counting Stars (produced by Ben Shive, with Andy Gullahorn) manages to do all that without ever leaving home.
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The first time I heard Andrew Peterson was about three years ago. I remember the first song I heard; ?Isn?t It Love?? off his 2001 release ?Clear To Venus.? That little song was it, that?s all it took. I was in love with this mans music, style and voice. Ever since, Andrew Peterson has been one of my favorite Singer/Songwriter/Storytellers.
The album starts off with ?Many Roads.? I was amazed by the way the first few lines caught my attention, just like a great book. (?If you'll step inside this great glass elevator/It'll take us up above the city lights??) I immediately pictured this image and it was beautiful beyond words. I don?t believe there has ever been an album that captured me with just the first two lines.
Songs like ?Dancing in The Minefields? and ?World Traveler,? speak of different parts of our lives; Love, faith, family, hardship, promises and hope. While songs like the piano driven ?The Magic Hour? and ?Isle of Skye? have a storybook feel to them. The softer ?Planting Trees? is about the seeds we sow.
?In The Night? is without a doubt the best song on the album. It reminds us of the ones who have gone before us, the hardship they faced, and the hardship we ourselves face today. How even through the darkness, we can continue on because of Christ Jesus. Our hope lives on because of Him.
The album ends on a high note with "The Reckoning (How Long.)" I was surprised to find Andrew?s latest single at the very end of the album, but it fits perfectly and the extended intro gives it a nice touch.
Unlike Andrew?s previous album ?Resurrection Letters: Volume II,? ?Counting Stars? feels somewhat darker at points, but in a very good way.
Overall; this is a superb album! Andrew Peterson has outdone himself. His vocals are better than ever, his writing gets more and more captivating with each new album. He is a true artist.
Andrew Peterson has been described as “one of the most thoughtful, poetic and lyrical songwriters of his generation.” And nowhere is that accolade more evident (and deserving) than on his latest release. Counting Stars is a collection of autobiographical, musical self-disclosure uncannily meshing majesty with melancholy and joy with dread into something that perfectly and transcendently reminds the listener of the value of day-to-day reality and the spiritual experienced within.
With his unparalleled ability to create rhythmic word pictures, Peterson’s voice also has the capacity to enthrall the emotions. Warm and affable vocals invite the listener to actively partake in the familiarity of each song. The classically inspired acoustic folk/pop that has become his trademark, perfectly mesh with the lyrics and vocals to complete this immersive synthesis.
If you are a devotee of the prophetic minstrels Caedmon’s Call, Jason Gray, Bebo Norman, Fernando Ortega and/or Matt Papa, and haven’t immersed yourself in the musical experience that is Andrew Peterson, then by all means correct this oversight.
Counting Stars| Posted February 07, 2011
Just listened to this album, but it wasn't my slice of cake. I liked maybe one or two songs out of all of them on the disk. If your like me and enjoy a more "up-beat" tune I do not recommend buying this album.
keep them coming!!| Posted October 09, 2010
ok, i just got this album 2 days ago. i've already listened to it about 10 times. i've been listening to AP as he's known for over 10 years - probably closer to 15. i own all his albums except his independent album called WALK. with this new album i think that my favorite song (so far) is "dancing in the minefields". his lyrics are always so descriptive that i can close my eyes and see exactly the images that he paints with his words. in my opinion he's one of the most underrated artists in christian music today.