10 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Morally challenging and musically innovative, Derek Webb takes yet another bold step with Ctrl, shifting from the electronica-based sounds that have dominated his work in recent years toward a striking blend of acoustic and synthetic instrumentation. Webb’s singing harks back to the folksy sweetness of his work with Caedmon’s Call, tempered by a greater sense of maturity and experience. Samples of sacred harp choirs and delicate guitar work contrast with techno beats and ambient textures to create a mood at once exalted and unnerving. Within these perimeters, Webb moves between the otherworldly angst of “And See the Flaming Skies” to the relentless pulsations of “Attonitos Gloria” and the wistful sparkle of “Reanimate.” The album compares the human desire for control with God’s overarching design in “Blocks” and “I Feel Everything.” Webb releases his inner Art Garfunkel in “A Real Ghost,” capturing the experience of Christian rebirth in quietly intense language against a stark, dreamy backdrop. “Around Every Corner” ends the album with a burst of bright, uplifting pop/rock.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Morally challenging and musically innovative, Derek Webb takes yet another bold step with Ctrl, shifting from the electronica-based sounds that have dominated his work in recent years toward a striking blend of acoustic and synthetic instrumentation. Webb’s singing harks back to the folksy sweetness of his work with Caedmon’s Call, tempered by a greater sense of maturity and experience. Samples of sacred harp choirs and delicate guitar work contrast with techno beats and ambient textures to create a mood at once exalted and unnerving. Within these perimeters, Webb moves between the otherworldly angst of “And See the Flaming Skies” to the relentless pulsations of “Attonitos Gloria” and the wistful sparkle of “Reanimate.” The album compares the human desire for control with God’s overarching design in “Blocks” and “I Feel Everything.” Webb releases his inner Art Garfunkel in “A Real Ghost,” capturing the experience of Christian rebirth in quietly intense language against a stark, dreamy backdrop. “Around Every Corner” ends the album with a burst of bright, uplifting pop/rock.

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About Derek Webb

Although he works out of the thematically conservative contemporary Christian pop genre, singer/songwriter and guitarist Derek Webb has an agitator's soul and a flair for the controversial, approaches he uses in his music to force careful thought on vitally important issues. Born on May 27, 1974, in Memphis, TN, Webb attended high school in Texas, and was one of the founding members of the Houston-based Christian pop group Caedmon's Call when they formed in 1993, and he remained with the group through several albums before leaving to go solo in 2003. His first solo project, She Must and Shall Go Free, released that same year, demonstrated Webb's refreshingly maverick and uncompromising approach to Christian music, and the album drew a lot of critical attention, both pro and con. A sophomore effort, I See Things Upside Down, followed in 2004, along with a live album, The House Show. The impressive Mockingbird surfaced in 2005, along with the concert DVD How to Kill and Be Killed. In 2007 Webb released matching collections of some of his early songs, One Zero (Acoustic) and One Zero (Remix), along with a highly anticipated fourth studio project called The Ringing Bell. Stockholm Syndrome appeared in 2009. Married to fellow singer/songwriter Sandra McCracken, Webb currently makes his home in Nashville. ~ Steve Leggett

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