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CD Review-Stockholm Syndrome Derek Webb

By Shanda Block/entertainment editor

Derek Webb, a Christian contemporary pop singer/songwriter, has released his newest album Stockholm Syndrome.

Webb formed the Christian pop band Caedmon’s Call in 1993 but went solo in 2003.

His first solo album, She Must and Shall Go Free drew a lot of attention, both good and bad.

From there, Webb has had roughly five solo albums, and in 2006, he added to his fame by giving away more than 80,000 free downloads of an album partnered with his label.

As for Stockholm Syndrome, the album overall is full of electronic and contemporary sounds. Each song has its own unique quality.

“Becoming a Slave,” the best song, has an outstanding old-timey sounding introduction, but the lyrics make it stand out the most.

“Becoming a slave is easier than you think. There’s always a price to pay, it’s gotta hit somebody’s back. Trust me, new worlds don’t just build themselves,” Webb sings.

The song seems to be about the differences between the slaves and the men who enslaved them. Toward the end of the song, the listeners hear a new voice other than Webb’s. The listeners can only assume it is a slave girl singing away her sorrows.

“Jena & Jimmy” is a nice song with a story that’s a little odd. 

“She told him stories of social injustices and constitutional rights. He smirked and turned his head, ‘Just lighten up,’ he said, ‘Baby we got all night,’” the lyrics read.

Basically, the song tells of the two meeting at a party, getting a taxi and leaving together while drunk. Though that storyline may be odd to call a good song, the upbeat tone keeps listeners.

This entire album is a unique experience and should be listened to with an open mind. Stockholm Syndrome is worth any Christian’s or non-Christian’s time.

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