Derek Webb is at it again. He has stirred up a bit of controversy with his latest album Stockholm Syndrome which releases on August 31st. Webb and his label, INO Records, had a struggle of sorts over the provocative nature of one song in particular, What Matters Most. This disagreement brought into question whether or not the album would release, what songs would be included, and whether Webb would continue to be employed by INO. It’s a fascinating story. In the end, What Matters Most was left off the album (there is a bit of irony to be had here) but will be available on other versions and through Webb’s site. Christianity Today has an interview with him that fleshes out some of the details of this situation.
Personally, I have enjoyed Derek’s music in its many manifestations. I think he is a thoughtful, hardworking musician who embodies the best of that profession. That doesn’t mean I agree with every stance he takes or how he presents it. It also doesn’t mean I disagree either. But I will say that I really appreciate Derek’s dedication to his craft and his willingness to address difficult issues through his music. And I think sometimes people focus on the little provocative moments in his music while missing the greater points.