Derek Webb: “Stockholm Syndrome”
Is Derek Webb a poet or a prophet? Or perhaps just a provocateur? Six years after he launched his solo career, it’s still a little hard to tell sometimes; I’m willing to say that it’s probably a combination of all three, but I’m becoming increasingly cynical about just how balanced the equation is.
Webb got his start with the Christian folk group Caedmon’s Call, a band he helped found and nurture into a fixture of the contemporary Christian music scene, arguably as artistically vital and vibrant as any group to come out of that industry in the last 10 to 15 years. So when Webb said he was leaving to explore different creative avenues, it was a bit of a shocker, but the artist assured us that his differences with Caedmon’s were not personal, or even musical; his decision to leave the pack has more to do with the content of his songs than with the creative angle per se.
We didn’t realize it at the time, but, looking back, it’s hard not to see that gesture as a defining one for Webb, who, five full-lengths into his career, seems to care less and less about the music and more and more about the message.
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