Just a very short post to comment on the new album by Death Cab For Cutie, "Codes and Keys".
This album is brilliant in so many ways. I've listened to it 4-5 times and find that it's musically and melodically engaging and brilliantly crafted and layered. A true delight to listen to. Musically speaking, it's definitely a 5-star album.
Unfortunately, it's a 0-star album when it comes to the lyrics. While the lyrics are often poetic and quite meaningful, it's absolutely apparent that Ben Gibbard doesn't believe in God. Too bad, really, because it's one of the best-sounding albums I've heard in a long, long time.
I hope that somehow in some way Christian music artists are listening. The secular music scene is growing in creativity, while I feel Christian - and more specifically, worship - music has remained stagnant since about 1995. If a Christian band had released Codes and Keys with amazing and worshipful lyrics, it'd be the best album I've heard in years. No offense Passion artists...and Hillsong...and others. But I believe we're being outcreated by other artists.
More thoughts on this later...until then, I'm probably going to listen to Codes and Keys a few more times.