All Creation Groans
Minnesota singer/songwriter, Peter Bierer, serves up a variety of tantalizing treats with his debut release, All Creation Groans. No two songs are alike on this album, written in a variety of styles and subjects, All Creation Groans is a journey through life. The listener travels from life's joys, through the struggles of the "valleys" and the "dark night of the soul," and on again to the mountain tops. "The songs on this album represent eight years of writing and eight very different years of my life," Bierer says, "That's part of the reason why so many of the songs sound completely different from one another. I also enjoy different music styles and I don't tend to write in one singular genre. It's part of the challenge and the joy of composition, to write in a variety of styles." The opening track, 'Creation,' is a Tom Jones meets Sesame Street in church sort of song, complete with "la la las" and "beep bops." However, as one continue through the album he soon runs into the jazzy pop sounds of 'In the Silence' and 'Through the Valley' the funk/soul style of 'Alone' and to the driving, folk-rock tune, 'Warriors' (complete with a classic reggae section at the end of the song). Peter changes things up again in 'Long Time,' a haunting pre-Messianic song with Appalachian folk-hymn-esque harmonies, and 'Dry Bones,' a stirring bluesy rendition of the biblical story of the prophet Ezekiel's vision of, well, dry bones. These songs are only the beginning, all twelve tracks on All Creation Groans are sure to please.