Derek Webb is a small guy. But what he lacks in size he makes up for with his words. If your size was measured by your ability to convey a point in a clever and artistic way, Derek Webb would be the Shaq of the music world.
With cutting and strong words in recent albums such as She Must and Shall Go Free, I See Things Upside Down, Mockingbird, and The Ringing Bell, to say that Derek Webb’s latest album Stockholm Syndrome was highly anticipated is a major understatement. The excitement started to gain momentum when Derek pulled a little publicity stunt with this note found HERE and the announcement that his record label was shutting him down for a little while. With the announcement of this “major news” the anticipation and game took off.
Once the dust settled and the music was delivered (funny story about that as well, read here) I was quickly being tackled by Derek Webb and left motionless.
“‘Cause we can talk and debate until we’re blue in the face About the language and tradition that he’s comin’ to save
Meanwhile we sit just like we don’t give a shit About 50,000 people who are dyin’ today Tell me, brother, what matters more to you?”
Ya you read that correctly, he said the “S” word. This was just one of the many “controversial” things that Derek Webb introduced in his newest record. The title of the record starts the fun off by pointing out what Christianity has become to America. Stockholm Syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in abducted hostages, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker. With this subtle jab in the gut I was starting to falter already. From the opening credits (track 1) to American Flag Umbrella (last track) Derek Webb did not hold back at all, and for that I loved everything about this CD.
I am one for controversy, I am one for creating a stir, I am one for doing something different, maybe that is why I loved this CD so much. But honestly, when you do stuff like that you have to be able to back up what you are saying. Let me tell you, Derek Webb has done all of the following. Calling out the Pope, Freddy Phelps from Westgrove Baptist Church (God Hates Fags leader) Christian Leaders,”Christian” Politicians, and people like you and me, Derek Webb uses his words to bring about thought.
This CD, though highly controversial, has become my favorite CD of 2009 (at least until DCB’s CD Comes out). Every song is very thought provoking, asking questions of myself and others and bringing up issues that have been hot topics in the church and culture. With lines like “Like an Indian Casino or a tank of unleaded its never quite worth what you give up to get it” or “Freddy Can’t you see, brother your the one who’s queer.” These are just a couple examples of the way Derek pokes fun and yet calls for truth in his words. I would highly encourage you to get this CD and the documentary if you have the extra money. I cannot stop listening to each and every track and am looking forward to seeing Derek in concert.