Derek Webb is a hero of mine, not least because he’s a major Christian musician who cusses in his albums. (Indeed, his new album, Stockholm Syndrome, will be released in September in two forms: a clean form and one with one of those little black and white “explicit content” stickers in the corner.)
Check out how to listen to/purchase Stockholm Syndrome at Derek’s website. The most controversial song, “What Matters More,” asks Webb’s audience to reassess the typical conservative Christian prioritization of anti-homosexual rhetoric over pro-human rights rhetoric. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics:
If I can tell what’s in your heart by what comes out of your mouth
Then it sure looks to me like being straight is all it’s about
It looks like being hated for all the wrong things
Like chasin’ the wind while the pendulum swings
‘Cause we can talk and debate until we’re blue in the face
About the language and tradition that he’s comin’ to save
Meanwhile we sit just like we don’t give a shit
About 50,000 people who are dyin’ today
Tell me, brother, what matters more to you?
Tell me, sister, what matters more to you?
So far as I can tell without having bought it, the album has followed Webb’s more recent gravitation toward an electronica-inspired sound–in contrast to the guitar-and-bare-vocals approach of She Must And Shall Go Free.