Derek Webb - Ctrl Audio Samples Available

Ctrl by Derek Webb

Cross Rhythms Rating: 9/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Album, Rock, Top Rated
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Seventh solo album from the Caedmon's Call singer/songwriter.

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  1. 1. And See The Flaming Skies
  2. 2. A City With No Name
  3. 3. Can't Sleep
  4. 4. Blocks
  5. 5. Pressing On The Bruise
  6. 6. Attonitos Gloria
  7. 7. I Feel Everything
  8. 8. Reanimate
  9. 9. A Real Ghost
  10. 10. Around Every Corner
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Reviewed by Gareth Hills

The feeling you get from solitary, late night listenings of Nick Drake albums is similar to the experience of listening to 'Ctrl'. This is the Caedmon's Call singer's seventh solo studio album and draws the listener deep into Webb's inner sanctum. There is a dark yet sublime sense of melancholy about the songs here, sometimes made explicit as on the third track, "Can't Sleep", which manages to convey the state of psychological exhaustion and over thought that can arise in a lonely soul searching for answers. Elsewhere, as on "A City With No Name", an achingly beautiful track and probably my personal favourite from the album, the meaning is less clear, although as was Nick Drake's great skill, the words and music surround you and you somehow understand, if not in your rational mind. Instrumentally, the pieces are exquisitely constructed. Guitar tends to take the lead, but it's Webb's use of electronics, textures and percussion that elevates this album out of what's usually expected from an introspective singer/songwriter. The album opens with the heavily processed sounds of a church choir, sounding like they are singing a lament over an apocalyptic wasteland. And I suppose this album could be described as bleak. But, I'd choose to describe it as "real". If the primary aim of a singer/songwriter is to connect the listener with the thoughts and emotions of the artist, however uncomfortable and confusing they may be, then Webb has crafted a hugely successful album.

Style: Rock
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 130672
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Fair Trade Services 60439
Items: 2
Release Date: 01 Oct 2012

Seventh solo album from the Caedmon's Call singer/songwriter.

Ctrl is Derek Webb’s highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed and at-times controversial Stockholm Syndrome (2010). Once again Derek reaches across dividing lines and uses his uncanny lyrical ability and innovative song production to open thought-provoking conversation.

A convergence of soft acoustic guitar with hip-hop influenced rhythmic sensibilities and a heavy leaning on samples from turn of the century recordings of ‘Sacred Harp’ (or ‘shape note’) acapella recordings, Ctrl is the next evolutionary step forward for an artist who is constantly experimenting, and challenging conventions of genre and style.

This promises to be Webb’s most revealing and provocative album in an already esteemed solo career.

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One time Caedmon's Call member releases an album on the theme of the Church.

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The culmination of some six months of touring resulting in an intimate live acoustic album by one-time Caedmon's Call man.

For more information about Derek Webb, check the Derek Webb Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)

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