Welcome to the first spin of the ChurchMag Turntable.
This week, we’re going to listen to Derek Webb’s latest album, ‘Ctrl.’
We’re also going to give away a free copy!
First off, let me disclose to you that I am a Derek Webb fan.
I’ve been following Derek’s work since before he ventured off on his own from Caedmon’s Call with his acoustically awesome and lyrically riveting ‘She Must and Shall Go Free.’
Every one of Derek’s albums have their own flavor. Although some of them overlap a tad from a music style standpoint, each piece of work/art stands alone in both style and message.
The message usually leads to discussion and often times controversy.
But, shouldn’t all art do that?
If you’ve never listened to Derek’s art and are tired of the usual contemporary “Christian” music lyrics, you’ll find his lyrics a definite change of pace.
‘Ctrl’ reminds me a little of his album ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ when it comes to the overall sound, but then again, Derek produced it with Josh Moore, who had his hand in producing ‘Stockholm Syndrome.’
All in all, I would say ‘Ctrl’ has a mellow feel to it. Not a “put you to sleep” kind of mellow. Don’t get me wrong. It’s the kind of mellow you don’t really notice until you change up your iTunes to something else.
The overall sound is a delightful mix of acoustic guitar, dynamic vocals, electronic pop, flavored with a 17th century cathedral choir backdrop. Quite the mix, right? It is, and it’s awesome.
Derek is a music artist in all sense of the word, but what really sets Derek apart is his lyrics.
You don’t have to listen very long to know the concept of JPM (Jesus’ Per Minute) has been tossed to the side. His flavor of “Christian” music is aimed at challenging and tackling issues the Church faces. You won’t leave one of Derek’s albums without having something hit you in the face like freezing cold water. His lyrics aren’t for the faint of heart or easily offended.
It usually takes me a number of plays before I warm up to an album, and this latest release took far fewer than usual. I recommend sampling a few tracks of ‘Ctrl’ before making a purchase, but I will say that with every album I recommend.
‘Ctrl‘ is not only an album worth pressing ‘play,’ it’s an album worth putting on ‘repeat.’
You can purchase ‘Ctrl’ on Derek Webb’s website.
Giveaway We’re giving away a copy of ‘Ctrl’ by Derek Webb! Here’s how to enter: Share this post Tell us why you want ‘Ctrl’ That’s it! The winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday, August 21st 2011.
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