Artist: Caedmon's Call
Label: Warner Alliance
After a quick trip through the sewers, this enhanced CD takes you
on a tour of a Caedmon's Call virtual neighborhood, complete with the Houston
skyline. This newest release contains five songs (two brand new ones),
four of them presented with complete videos. "Hope to Carry On" has
already made it to the top of the video charts and has received a 1997
Billboard Music Video Awards nomination for "Best New Artist Clip" in the
Contemporary Christian category. This can be found by clicking on
the guitar case (the guitar was painted by Jimmy A) which is in front of
the art gallery. One can view the video, strum the guitar, or hear
the band members talk about the making of the video. The art gallery
includes past and present pictures of the various band members. Background
material on the band can be found on the side of the art gallery building.
The other three videos are acoustic sets. Each song is introduced
by a band member. One is "Piece of Glass," about a young woman's
struggle with bulimia, another is "The Truth," and the last is "April Showers,"
which orginally appeared on Just Don't Want Coffee. These
first two are new songs. Clicking on the sewer cover in the road
will get you to these gems.
Click on the bus sign and a Houston Metro bus pulls up. Jump
aboard and you can hear the various band members discuss their struggles
and insecurites, and other reflections from a Christian perspective.
Click on the bus side, and there is a new banjo version of one of my favorite
songs, "Bus Driver."
This enhanced CD is well done but not ground-breaking by MTV standards.
It will only be available in Christian bookstores, and its $8.98 price
tag makes it a great buy. Look for it! -- Shari Lloyd
Welcome to the neighborhood of Caedmon's Call. Here comes the
Houston Metro Bus! Should we hop on and talk to the passengers or
check out that gallery across the street? Funny, this whole scene
reminds me of a song. . .
The latest release by Caedmon's Call is an enhanced, extended-play
CD that includes a CD-ROM's worth of bells and whistles to accompany their
down-to-earth, acoustic, college rock style. The main interactive
screen has lots of nooks and crannies to explore. There's an art
gallery of candid shots, and be sure to check out the guitar lying on the
sidewalk in front of it. Jimmy A decorated it, and the late Rich
Mullins strums it in the first Caedmon's Call music video, Mullins's "Hope
To Carry On." Back on the street, there are three additional unplugged
live numbers: "April Showers," "The Truth," and "Piece of Glass."
I almost overlooked the button for "Bus Driver," inconspicuously placed
on the side of the Houston Metro bus before you climb on board. It's
the only number without footage of the band, but having to stare at the
mundane side of a bus drove home the message even more for me.
The disk functions equally well in my CD player and mid-range Pentium
computer, and a suggested retail price of $8.98 makes it a real value.
Despite the high tech media, this is a solid project that captures the
same essence that makes their live shows such a hit on campuses.--Linda
Copyright© 1997 The Phantom Tollbooth