Adele Gallogly

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Andrew Peterson After All These Years

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TIN-100 After All These Years_mediumSinger-songwriter Andrew Peterson entered the contemporary Christian music scene in 1996 with his first album, Walk. Since then he has released nine more studio albums—in addition to bootlegs, compilations, and live recordings—and been consistently acclaimed for his thoughtful, Scripture-infused pop-folk songs.

Peterson’s newest album, After All These Years, is a retrospective collection of early songs rerecorded alongside a handful of new tracks. There are songs of overflowing gratitude to God for his faithfulness as seen through gifts of relationship and creation’s beauty (e.g. “Dancing in the Minefields,” “Don’t You Want to Thank Someone?”).

But when it comes to expressing the wounded state of the world—from broken marriages to war to grief—Peterson does not balk at expressing the pain and fear that can arise when God seems silent or hidden.

This album is Peterson at his best, offering longtime fans and new listeners an unflinching and deeply felt documentation of this artist’s life and work.
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Author: Adele Gallogly

I'm a writer and editor living in the lovely city of Hamilton, Ontario. By day, I write for World Renew, a relief and development agency; during evenings and weekends, I let short stories, essays, and other pieces out to play. I like to write about the intersection of faith, art, culture, and justice.

4 thoughts on “Andrew Peterson After All These Years

  1. I was unfamiliar with Peterson until reading this post. For some reason I was expecting something closer to Steven Delopoulos when I fired After All These Years up on Spotify. That said, there’s a sort of deftness to the writing…there are a lot of ideas and images and call backs you don’t typically hear paired with the kind of production Peterson seems to favor in this collection. It’s probably not something I’d listen to a lot, but, as a writer, I appreciate the lyrical work he’s doing.

    • also: “Don’t You Want to Thank Someone” is pretty great.

      • Thanks for the comment, Chris. I hadn’t listened to Peterson until this album, either–but I have several friends who love his work. Many of them rave about this live Christmas show “Behold The Lamb of God” and are also fans of his fantasy series. So I thought I’d give him a chance. I’m glad I did.

        Like you, I was impressed by his freshly poetic lyrics. Most of the music I listen to tends to be more…subtly spiritual, so I wasn’t sure if it would edge a bit too close to praise and worship in a way that just didn’t appeal to my taste. But there is something brave about an artist unabashedly addressing God and exploring how he is at work in life’s experiences. As you say, these may not be songs on my regular every day rotation. But I can see myself turning to several of them in times of deep sorrow and in times of great joy–times when I may feel at a loss for words myself and so especially appreciate their direct eloquence. (At least, that’s what I find myself doing with Jon Foreman’s solo albums, which seem to occupy a similar space in my music collection.)

        And yes, I was drawn to “Don’t You Want to Thank Someone,” too. Ah, the beautiful spiritual logic of gratitude.

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