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The Resurrection of Brian Vander Ark,
This review is from: Resurrection (Audio CD)
As the frontman for the Michigan based band, The Verve Pipe, Brian Vander Ark established himself as one of popular music's most creative and intelligent storytellers. With "Resurrection," his solo acoustic debut, Vander Ark has delivered a collection of contemplative ballads and fast-paced rockers that undeniably catapult him to the top of the singer-songwriter genre. Dealing with themes of failed relationships, broken dreams, and the clouds that inevitably lie behind fame's silver lining, Vander Ark takes the listener on an autobiographical journey rife with honest lyrics and vivid imagery. One does not merely catch a glimpse of Vander Ark's world; rather, he paints pictures that enable you to see the world through his eyes.
In "1229 Sheffield" Vander Ark laments the disappointments and eventual failure of a first marriage--a marriage that by its nature had already taken away the freedoms of young adult life. Vander Ark continues this theme with "And Then You Went Away," which takes you inside the desolate home and heart of a man abandoned by a departed love. "A Million Things" and the albums title track find a more upbeat Vander Ark willing to compromise and search for the elixir to resucitate the passions that make love possible.
Vander Ark delves into the fleeting fame that comes with being a one-hit wonder in the albums strongest single "Written and Erased." When he poses the cautionary question,"Do you want to be famous, want to get a taste, do you want to be written and erased?" it's pretty clear that mainstream success and MTV airplay might not be all it's cracked up to be.
Finally, Vander Ark pays homage to his loyal legions of fans in "To the Front Row Junkies" which closes the album and reveals that his love of music and the happiness it gives people make all the pitfalls worth it. Indeed, Vander Ark has encountered many potholes on his journey, but he steadfastly refuses to get off the road. Buy this album, share it with a friend, see Brian perform live when his neverending tour hits your town--and you will see that this is not the work of a one-hit wonder.