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Far Country

Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000AARL7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Andrew Peterson makes it easier to bear the loss of Rich Mullins. Since Rich left in a whirlwind and chariot of fire, Andrew may come closer than anyone to catching his mantle. The poetic and whimsical verse, the otherworldly view, the storytelling, and the acoustic rock sound are all here.

It's what makes The Far Country worth repeated listens. For now we are in the far country, but heaven is our home, and we long for it. The life that awaits us more than makes up for death and loss. This is the theme that emerges.

One song that captures some of this is the "Queen of Iowa." The inspiration came from a woman that was a big fan of Andrew's music, and who was dying of a number of AIDS related illnesses. Her church was generous enough to fly Andrew and Ben Shive out to perform in her living room. Andrew sings of seeing her, "She was as pretty as a flower in a crystal vase that lights up the room as it withers away." Though dying she was more alive than those around her, and Andrew knew that he would never be the same. It's a touching and beautiful song.

"Lay Me Down," is Andrew's "Elijah," the song by Rich Mullins that so fittingly eulogized his life. Andrew sings, "When you lay me down to die, I'll miss my boys, I'll miss my girls / Lay me down and let me say goodbye to this world / You can lay me anywhere but just remember this, when you lay me down to die, you lay me down to live." It may be somewhat ironic for a song about one's passing, but the music, which includes some stellar electric guitar work, makes me feel more alive. It's a song that makes you want to sing and dance on the inside if not outwardly.

"Little Boy Heart" has a Bruce Hornsby energy with its sound and piano work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a distance that shortens every day September 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This year, Andrew Peterson's music has been medicine for this heart of mine. I eagerly awaited the charms of this new album. Unlike Love and Thunder and Behold the Lamb of God, which grabbed me right away, this one struck me like Clear to Venus, an album that took some time to properly fathom and hold very dear.

The Songs: The Far Country is a paean of desiring heaven. Andrew Peterson (AP) explores his theme from the vantage of dying and despairing souls and those burdened with the joy of living, which should be no burden. "The Far Country" is a rock song that reminds me, of all things, of John Waite's "Missing You" and kicks off the album like "No More Faith" did for Clear to Venus. "Lay Me Down" is a powerful love letter from a dying parent--it reminds me so much of my father-in-law, who died this year. It's one of the best songs on the album and features an emotionally convincing vocal by Peterson. "The Queen of Iowa" is a languid ode to a remarkable event and marks the album's shift from heaven as the goal of the dying to heaven as the inspiration of the living. "Little Boy Heart Alive" is the third rocker on this album; it slowly builds up quite a head of steam and captures that zest for life that one hopes Christians truly know. Written mostly by Ben Shive, "The Havens Grey" boasts allusions to the writings of Tolkien; although musically intriquing in spots, it hasn't quite captured my full appreciation yet. AP and Goodgame's "Mystery of Mercy" was covered by Caedmon's Call on Back Home, but this incarnation is musically superior with delicate percussion and shimmering hammer dulcimer in the background. "Mountains on the Ocean Floor" is one of AP's story songs, and it's odd imagery kept bringing me back again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best of 2005 September 2, 2005
By blbooks
Format:Audio CD
Andrew Peterson's THE FAR COUNTRY is one of the best Christian albums of the year. For those familiar with his previous releases, LOVE & THUNDER, CLEAR TO VENUS, and CARRIED AWAY, they will find Andrew Peterson's style to be much the same. (Why mess with perfection???)

Both musically and lyrically, THE FAR COUNTRY excels, Andrew Peterson's abilities both as a writer and a musician are shown on his latest album.

Highlights on this album include "The Far Country" "The Havens Grey" "Mystery of Mercy" "All Shall Be Well" and "More." (Although there is not a bad song on the album.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A One Line Review of The Far Country August 12, 2006
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Andrew Peterson pulls of a stunningly beautiful album, layered with exceptional instrumentation and lyrics that chase after themes of love and loss, life and death, and the hope of heaven...the results are absolutely moving.
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