November 30, 1998

Caedmon's Call displays 'real life'

by Josh Renaud
staff assistant

Caedmon's Call
"Caedmon's Call"
Warner Allicance
Folk/Acoustic Rock

Do you like guitars? If so, you'll love Caedmon's Call. Do you like first-person lyrics that deal with everyday life? If so, you'll love Caedmon's Call. Do you like strong male and female lead vocals, with fantastic harmonies? If so, you'll love Caedmon's Call.

It's probably safe to say that most students here have not heard of Caedmon's Call. Their earthy, infectious, and sometimes melancholy music is definitely worth looking into, if you haven't before.

Caedmon's Call plays folk music, with a generous helping of pop and a little rock. The songs on their self-titled CD are almost completely acoustic, with ear-pleasing percussion work. The musicianship is terrific. While there's nothing here to bang your head to, I found this album a welcome change of pace. The music seems to move at the speed of life: slow sometimes, fast occasionally, but usually somewhere in the middle.

The vocals are good, as well. Three members of the band take turns leading, often working together to blend their voices into rich harmonies. There's enough variety that you never get bothered or bored by one particular singing style.

The lyrics are very thoughtful. If you are a college student, then you will probably find a lot to like here. Caedmon's Call is a Christian band, so some of the songs deal with issues that young Christians face. All the songs are honest and first-person, making it easy to relate to most of them. "Lead of Love" talks about coming to terms with the necessity of "walking the rocks" to reach the place where you can see the "mountain view." "Center Aisle" is a very gripping song, written in response to the suicide of one of the songwriter's friends.

Caedmon's Call has managed to craft a melodic musical marvel, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for music about real life.

This article was reprinted with permission from The Current.


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