Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 The ringing bell is an album of action. Specifically the action called peace. With his latest, Derek challenges us to an actionable peace that is active and aggressive. Often used as a noun but rarely as a verb, peace is commonly misused, falsely defined and often flies under the flag of convenience. THE RINGING BELL sounds the clarion call to demonstrate a love that is not just convenient, but is chasing after the best for all our fellow men Moving from the more stark pallet featured on his latest, Derek paints with all the musical brushes available to him on this latest work. This upbeat, electric guitar based, recording, provides the perfect accompaniment to the challenge of demonstrating an active peace just as Christ did. The place where peace starts is between two people and how they handle a disagreement. If I'm really serious about peace, I have to love people more than I love ideas.
Derek Webb Derek Webb is one of Christian music's bonafide cult heroes, and while he may not be in sync with the genre's prevailing trends, he commands a passionate following thanks to the idiosyncratic excellence of his work. This time, he surrounds himself with Beatles-esque pop/rock arrangements and comes up with an album reminiscent of Ron Sexsmith, Sam Phillips and similarly ‘60s-inspired singer/songwriters. Webb uses astringent guitars and choppy rhythms to underscore mind-prodding tunes likeA Love That's Stronger Than Our Fear
andA Savior on Capitol Hill.
The galloping pace ofName
and the chiming tones ofCan't Be Without You
are especially evocative of the Flower Power era. Webb draws the listener in with those appealingly retro sounds, but it's his perceptive lyrics that really hit home - tracks likeI Don't Want to Fight,
I for an I, and the mostly-acousticThis Too Shall Be Made Right
confront suffering with keen wit and unsparing honesty. First track to last, The Ringing Bell resonates with intelligence and spirit. - iTunes
- Release Date: May 01, 2007
- Record Label: INO Records
- UPC: 768420324
- Number of Discs: 1