Resurrection

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All Music Guide - Christina Fuoco
Best known for the single "The Freshman," the Verve Pipe is a schizophrenic mix of anthemic rock songs, tender ballads, and Beatlesque pop tunes coming from the pens of drummer Donny Brown and singer/guitarist Brian Vander Ark. Although the Verve Pipe, which was dropped from RCA, is still writing songs, Vander Ark has broken out on his own with his debut solo effort, Resurrection. The 11-song CD is a collection of whispery songs that draw from experiences of painful breakups the ballad "And Then You Went Away", the rigors of living up to a record company's expectations the punchy "Written and Erased", and death "When I'm Gone". Over an acoustic guitar and muted piano, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Christina Fuoco
Best known for the single "The Freshman," the Verve Pipe is a schizophrenic mix of anthemic rock songs, tender ballads, and Beatlesque pop tunes coming from the pens of drummer Donny Brown and singer/guitarist Brian Vander Ark. Although the Verve Pipe, which was dropped from RCA, is still writing songs, Vander Ark has broken out on his own with his debut solo effort, Resurrection. The 11-song CD is a collection of whispery songs that draw from experiences of painful breakups the ballad "And Then You Went Away", the rigors of living up to a record company's expectations the punchy "Written and Erased", and death "When I'm Gone". Over an acoustic guitar and muted piano, Vander Ark laments about a relationship nearing its end in "1229 Sheffield": "I don't recall anyone placing a gun to our heads/We traded a trip 'round the world for a family instead/Our friends were dispersing while you were still nursing our boy." The song -- which originally appeared on the 1998 soundtrack for the movie Clay Pigeons -- is the only Verve Pipe offering on Resurrection. He spits about an uncommunicative lover in "A Million Things": "It's no surprise that you roll your eyes/Every time I want to talk about it/Another minute/You throw up your hands and then you make demands/Like you never want to hear about it." The moody, pennywhistle-laced "When I'm Gone," which is featured in the Angelina Jolie/Edward Burns romantic comedy Life or Something Like It, is difficult to listen to for those who have lost someone close to them: "There are so many things that I may have missed/I hope the answer is as simple as this/Will my friends be brave/'Til someone plays my favorite song?/Will they miss me when I'm gone?" Musically, Resurrection is a stark departure from the Verve Pipe. It's simple, with most of the songs based on acoustic guitars. However, the title track and "Written and Erased" are penned with the same urgency as early Verve Pipe works. Resurrection is the ideal vehicle for Vander Ark to show that he is one of the most underrated songwriters in music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Second Motion
  • UPC: 634457503120
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 256,077

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Vander Ark Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Craig Nelson Guitar, Background Vocals
Mark Byerly Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Recorder
Brad Vander Ark Bass
Bill Kenny Mandolin
Craig Griffith Harmonica
Eric Driscoll Background Vocals
Scott Stefanski Drums
Erica Driscoll Background Vocals
Karisa Wilson Strings
Technical Credits
Jon Frazer Engineer
John Holbrook Producer, Engineer
Al Mcavoy Mastering
Alvin Finnerty Digital Editing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Accomplished singer/songwriter

    Brian Vander Ark's artistry surpasses the stage....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    on the road

    These persoanl songs cry with the same urgency as stuff like Springsteen's "Nebraska" or Morrison's "Astral Weeks". If often stuck on a solo nightime drive, as I am, these songs are solid friends to ride shotgun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brian Vander Ark is the most underrated musician of our time

    On Resurrection, Brian Vander Ark demonstrates what true songwriting is all about. This album is emotionally satisfying, and covers all ends of the spectrum. You simply have to listen to this album beginning to end and let the music surround you. There is no point in talking about every track, to me the album is all one track entitled “Resurrection”. Buy this now for yourself and all of the ones you truly love. -esotericnut

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Hear

    A must hear for everyone who is a fan of singer/songwriters. The Verve Pipe (Freshman, Villians, Colorful) frontman goes out on his own and soars!!! Great from front to back!! Also, do not forget to go see him live, even better live than on the CD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Resurrection Awesome!!

    Resurrection is the best album I've bought in years. Great lyrics, unique music and Brian Vander Ark has an outstanding voice. I bought two copys, one for home use and one for my car. I don't ever want to be with out it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    When it comes to frontmen releasing a solo record, very often you will end up $15.00 poorer and dissapointed with the result. It is not the case with this record. Brian Vander Ark's Ressurection is a bittersweet record that is a real departure from the Verve Pipe's last effort, 2001's Underneath. Underneath has the radio friendly hooks and guitar lines while this record Is mostly acoustic with only 2 real up-tempo numbers. From the opening track "1229 Sheffield" Brian shows that the real star of this record is his voice. It has never been stronger. If you need proof just listen to "And Then You Went Away". Other standouts are "Secondhand", "Mileage", Someone Like You, and "Resurrection". This is one of the few albums that I can listen all the way through without skipping a song. The best compliment I can give this record is that I have yet to let someone listen to this record that has not loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE MUST HAVE CD OF THE YEAR

    I WAS SO THRILLED TO PICK UP THIS CD THAT I BOUGHT 5 TWO FOR ME AND THREE FOR FRIENDS. AFTER I SHARED THE AWESOME VOICE AND SOUND OF BRIAN WITH MY SISTER SHE TOOK MY SECOND COPY ANDIS NOW SHARING HIM WITH HER WHOLE FACTORY WHILE SHE WORKS. FROM START TO FINISH THIS CD MAKES YOU FEEL THE MUSIC TO BECOME PART OF BRIANS VISION A MUST HAVE FOR ALL VERVE PIPE FANS WORLD WIDE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music!

    Resurrection, Brian Vander Ark's first solo effort without the Verve Pipe, is an amazing display of thoughtful songwriting, gorgeous singing, emotive lyrics, and powerfully addictive hooks. You will love this album, and your mom will love this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Resurrection of Brian Vander Ark

    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. -Adam Butler-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Second Hand Front Row Junkie

    Words cannot express how wonderful this cd is. I've been listening to it for a long time and to be honest it has grown on me immensely. It's simplicity is what makes it beautiful. The haunting lyrics and simple chord structures of each song make this record an unforgettable diamond in the rough that is the 2004 music scene. "Written and Erased" is the showcase piece and the first single to be released off the album. It has done well on the Alternative Addiction website and proves to be a favorite among the fans. "To The Front Row Junkies" is written for the fans as a tribute to the people who really love his music come rain or shine. "And Then You Went Away" is an emotional song about heartbreak and moving on. "Mileage" is another crowd favorite and Brian's voice really shines through on this one. Overall this is a cd that you cannot skip through. Every song is a highlight of this remarkable man's talent and passion for the music he writes.

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