Sometimes it's best not to know everything "they're" talking about, regardless of who "they" happens to be.
Derek Webb, on/off/on-again/off-again/on again? lead singer for Caedmon's Call, has just digitally released his newest, highly anticipated and apparently label disconcerting solo album, Stockholm Syndrome. Interesting title, especially when you consider what it means.
I follow Derek on Twitter, and when I saw this tweet back in May, I followed the link to his site and realized trouble was a' brewin' (that link is now directed to his store). On a polemically-littered path seeded with contention, there appears to be dispute between he and his record label over inclusion of a song or two. It's not difficult to figure out at least one of them….
I like people with conviction. I applaud those who seek God in choosing their mountains to die on. I'm grateful for those who speak on behalf of those whose voice is marginalized or non-existent.
That's pretty much how I see Derek. I wrote about him forever ago and this–
fruit of that tree, you will not surely die’ and that Jesus Christ was
a white, middle-class republican and if you wanna be saved you have to
learn to be like Him” (from "A King & A Kingdom”, album Mockingbird)
remains one of my favorite lines in the history of music.
The dubitable nature of the album's birth, coupled with management-eyes blinded to Webb Vision, compelled me to listen to the tempestuously controversial "What Matters More?"
And then, oddly, I thought of Prince's "Controversy" from back in the day…interesting juxtaposition, no?
Feel free to chime in…I'm especially curious about your response to "What Matters More".
If you're interested in purchasing Stockholm Syndrome prior to its official September release, Derek has even been creative with tiered options.