Rough Around the Edges

Don't know why I felt like blogging this, but I did, so I will. This is no startling discovery, but something I've struggled to articulate to people whose tastes are otherwise. Here it is:

Why I like British and Brit-ish rock music so much and can hardly stomach 99% of what's on Christian radio:

Brit-rock is generally underpolished, underproduced, underscripted and underfiltered. It's raw, rough around the edges, authentic, generally passionate, often ideologically laden, and definitely creative and on the cutting edge. It is British bands whom American bands are emulating (and generally butchering) years later.

Mainstream Christian pop/pop-folk-rock, even some of the more recent albums of some of my favorite artists, give an altogether different vibe. Pristine production, shimmering instrumental ensembles (most often including the infamous string quartet) in multitudinous, impenetrable layers of 'sound', scripted, refined, and pop-theologized to the letter... and just long enough to fit into a two-and-a-half-minute radio slot, one after another. Same, long-worn-out cliches (if I hear another song about "grace like rain...washing away my pain" I think I'm going to vomit... again).

Don't get me wrong, there are a number of good bands out there who proclaim Christ creatively, passionately, and authentically. I just wish there were more of them, and many, many fewer of the others.

Again, I'm not really sure why I felt like writing this, I just did.

P.S. If anyone in the Chicagoland area is interested, Crowder Band and Phil Wickham are playing at House of Blues November 1st, and Melissa and I are going. Those guys keep it fresh and real.

Rock on.

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