Long Line of Leavers
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2000 1 Jan
There seems to be a lot of "third albums" lately, although in the case of Caedmon's Call many would argue that this is not a third album since they have two independent projects prior to their 1997 national debut. Wherever you choose to begin counting is beside the point — Caedmon's Call firmly defines itself as one of today's best Christian bands with
The new album features more mature songwriting than their 1997 project and more interesting instrumentation than the band's straightforward follow-up,
The first track and single, "The Only One," features a punchy horn section on top of the guitars and organ (again, not your typical folk music). Then there's "Mistake of My Life," which could easily have been a PFR song, with its Beatle-esque melody and guitars. Danielle Young gives her best vocal performance to date on "Masquerade," where she sounds like a '40s era chanteuse singing lounge jazz — kudos to relatively new co-producer Ed Cash (Bebo Norman) for writing an exceptionally beautiful song. But the clear standout track is "What You Want," which may be the band's most modern sounding song ever, and is sure to be a hit single sometime in the next year. Rich with electric guitars, keyboards, and effects, Derek Webb's vocals soar to the top in a mixture of singing and yelling. It's an outstanding performance that convinces me we'll need to see a solo project from Mr. Webb someday (not that we want to see him leave this band anytime soon).
And that's just covering a few of the highlights on this album, because there are so many to mention. Suffice to say,