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Overdressed

Caedmon's Call

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Since the early ‘90s, Caedmon’s Call has served up their unpretentious brand of Christian folk-rock with remarkable consistency. Overdressed (2007) ranks among their most appealing releases, emphasizing the acoustic-oriented sound which earned them their original following. This album marks the return of founding singer/guitarist Derek Webb to the fold, and evidently he and songwriting spouse Sandra McCracken have been listening to the Band in their spare time — “Trouble” and “Share In The Blame” recall the melodic rock/country/gospel fusion of that legendary group. There’s an early ‘70s vibe to many tracks, with tunes like “Need Your Love” and “There Is A Reason” bringing bands like Poco and Pure Prairie League to mind. As ever, the group’s warmly-strummed guitars and brisk drumlines are harnessed to convey a God-centered message. This doesn’t preclude critiques of fellow believers — “Expectations” (sung by Andrew Osenga) takes a swipe at commercialized Christianity. For her part, Danielle Young considers God’s constant presence in “Sacred” and celebrates family life in “Love Grows Love.” A wider view is provided by “Two Weeks In Africa,” a Third World travel narrative. Tuneful, intelligent, and “spirited,” in more than one sense of the word.

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Pleased with regret

Buy the CD in the store. 2 bonus tracks are omitted from the Itunes download. It seems unethical to post a music release with the same title but with different song content than the CD with the same title.

FANTASTIC ALBUM!!

What can I say other than, “I’m a fan”. Caedmon’s Call is one of the few groups that I have followed ever so intently, through numerous lineup changes, musical-style shifts, hits collections, fan clubs, the whole works. While I am sure my “support” did not mean much to this friendly group of tennotexans, there came a point, probably somewhere in between the release of their first worship collection, In the Company of Angels: A Call to Worship, and the departure of long-time member Derek Webb, that I started wondering if Caedmon’s would ever rise to their 40 Acres fame again. Caedmon’s did certainly shake things up this time around, with the big news about the project being the return of Webb, likely made possible because of their new label-mate status. What’s more, one will soon notice that the vocal duties are this time almost evenly split between the four principal players, with lead singer Cliff Young singing on four of the twelve songs along with three each for Derek Webb, Andrew Osenga and Danielle Young. While his future with Caedmon’s Call is uncertain, Derek’s involvement certainly does foster up memories of old, as does his honest proclamations about christianity and the struggles all christians face. In the Derek/Danielle duet “Share In The Blame”, Derek sings: “Don’t blame the writer for the doubts in your head
Don’t blame the preacher for the lovers in your bed
When you find out that the world is round
Everything is rearranged
You gotta hold up the mirror now and share in the blame” Certainly a step down from his controversial “Wedding Dress”, yet still, Derek exposes venerability  that we, as christians, so often try to hide. Musically, the track exhibits a much more stripped-down, organic feel, a style that is representative of Overdressed as a whole. Though taking a reduced vocal-load this time around, Cliff’s four songs are certainly the most radio-friendly of the bunch, with the album’s first single, “There Is A Reason”, already a top ten hit at radio. “Always Been There”, and “Need Your Love” are likely follow ups, with both songs being similarly paced and written. “Love Grows Love”, a song sang by Danielle, yet written by Andrew Osenga, tells the story of Cliff  and Danielle’s relationship from the time they first met, till they welcomed their first, of many children to come. Again, where “Love Grows Love” excels is in its honesty, with Osenga leaving out the long list of romantic cliches that so often find their way into songs about love.  On the chorus, Danielle sings: “I fell in love with you, and the love became something new
Added a name and we added a smile, keeps getting bigger ever further mile
There on your bended knee, we sowed the seeds of our history
Coming up stronger than we ever could have longed
Love keeps growing more love” So, what does a replacement guitarist do when the original guitarist returns? In the case of Caedmon’s Call, and much to our listening pleasure, he stays! Though mostly in the background (see CC’s press shot), whether writing, producing, or singing there is no shying away from the fact that Andrew Osenga’s influence is the real success story of this project. Though Osenga has been an official member of Caedmon’s since around the time of Back Home, Overdressed is the first album in which Andrew is truly able to shine as a multi-talented musician. Having written/co-written nine of the album’s twelve tracks, Osenga’s lyrics are always a great listen. “Hold the Light,” is one of the best moments on the album by far, with Christians’ need for Christ echoing through the second verse: “And I stay up late, cause I cannot sleep
I don’t wanna face the quiet, it’s just God and me
Cause I’m waiting for the gavel handing me the sentence down
Cause I don’t believe forgiveness or even repentance now
There was no judgment in your eyes
Just the silent peace of God that felt so real in you.” Whether it is through his singing, song-writing, or soothing electric guitar solos, with Overdressed, Osenga shows that Caedmon’s Call is officially his band, which is why Webb’s involvement in the project seemed the most out of place when listening to the record as a whole. Still, having two excellent musicians in the group is a very good problem to have, and could lead to some interesting results should this particular partnership become permanent. As a whole, Overdressed is a near-perfect collection of relatable subjects, beautiful melodies, and the honest message that Christians need their savior. 

Caedmon's Call returns to top form

Caedmon's Call returns to top form with their 15th album, Overdressed. Former band member Derek Webb joins in the songwriting and singing on this excellent album. Songs like "There Is A Reason" and "Share In The Blame" hearken back to earlier Caedmon's earlier self-titled and 40 Acres albums, while "Expectations" and "Hold The Light" break new musical ground. While the return of Webb and the songwriting talents of his wife, Sandra McCracken, provide great spirit and life to the album, perhaps the greatest influence musically and lyrically comes from guitarist Andrew Osenga. Former front man for The Normals and talented solo artist in his own right, Osenga's insightful lyrics and sweet guitar licks nudge the band ever-so-slightly away from their acoustic roots towards a broader rock sound. Fans of the "classic" Caedmon's sound will rejoice to hear Overdressed, and fans of Webb, Osenga, and The Normals will find something to love here, too. New listeners will soon find themselves going back to stock their libraries with earlier releases. This is one good album, folks.

Biography

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

CCM band Caedmon's Call fuse folk-rock with adult alternative rock influences. Cliff Young (vocals, rhythm guitar), Derek Webb (lead guitar, vocals), Danielle Glenn (vocals), Aric Nitzberg (bass), Todd Bragg (drums), Randy Holsapple (organ), and Garett Buell (percussion) formed the Houston, Texas-based band at Texas Christian University in the summer of 1992. The group originally included Aaron Tate, who left the band shortly after its formation, but he continued to write songs with Young. After...
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