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Overdressed: Under Appreciated?

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“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.

“Don’t blame the president and don’t blame the king.
Don’t blame your history for what might have been.
We will be free where the grass is green and the lion is tame if we just hold up the mirror now and share in the blame.”

-Derek Webb and Danielle Young on “Share in the Blame” from Caedmon’s Call’s Overdressed

This weekend, I picked up my flyer from Family Christian Stores and found a couple of coupons that I thought I could put to good use. Especially since a couple of new CDs I wanted were on sale for the same price (or less) than I could buy them for on iTunes. So I went and picked up the latest from Wavorly and Caedmon’s Call. Caedmon’s Call is one of my all-time favorite bands and with the return of Derek Webb to their circle, I was reminded why as soon as I pushed play on Overdressed. Musically, lyrically, and spiritually speaking, this CD is simply amazing. My favorites: Expectations, Trouble, Share in the Blame, and There is a Reason.

Sadly, it seems (to me, at least) that this album is under appreciated. Complaints from there being too many members (instruments or voices?) to the suggestion that Derek Webb doesn’t fit in with the band anymore (perhaps due to his new Biblical socio-political focus?) have filled listeners’ reviews of this project. I wonder if these people even remember 1997’s self-titled album or 40 Acres and the sounds those albums gave us or even the words Derek had for us back then?

Either way, I’m thankful for a weekend sale, a coupon, and for a circular piece of plastic on which is contained some moving melodies and words that are sure to end up in the same category as the aforementioned projects from the years past.


Overdressed: Buy @ iTunes or Amazon | Listen @ Napster


Written by Andy

October 1, 2007 at 9:24 am

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  1. I am with you. I am also a HUGE Caedmon’s fan and think that Overdressed is a pretty great album. I think “Sacred” is a great tune.

    A few thoughts:

    I wonder about the songwriting. Correct me if I am wrong, but I always thought the early stuff was written in-house. And while I love Randall Goodgame, it’s interesting to me that Caedmon’s really isn’t writing a lot of the stuff they record.

    Also, I like Andy Osnega as a songwriter, but I do think there may be some merit to too many singers on the album. Caedmon’s has always been different in having 3 lead singers (Cliff, Danielle, and Derek) but when Derek took off and Andy joined the band, he took over some singing responsibilities. With Derek back, now we have 4 singers.

    But, all in all, the album is great and Caedmon’s continues to impress with great songs and sounds and encouragement.


    October 20, 2007 at 8:49 am

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