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The most rebellious album I've heard all year.

Rebellion. It may be the single most distinctive characteristic of new music, generation after generation. From Chuck Berry to Michael Jackson, from the Rolling Stones to Nirvana, from Madonna to Lady Gaga, from Bob Dylan to Kanye West, each generation’s icons of pop, rock, and hip-hop plan to shake up the status quo with a rebel yell.

But the most rebellious thing I’ve ever heard a rock star say appeared in print in 2001. Robert Hilburn of The L.A. Times was interviewing Bono about why New Yorkers turned to U2 for inspiration after the attacks on America. Bono responded by talking about the anger that fuels most rock music. “Anger is simple. Any artist knows he can do it with a black brush. That’s what rock is at the moment. It’s an easy thing to do: painting in black.”

Then he added, “Joy is something else. It’s much harder to create because you are dealing with something much deeper and much more emotional. It’s a connection with the audience that borders on faith, believing in something together.”

Joy. Imagine that. To strive for joy may be the most rebellious act for any musician in this present environment of anger, attitude, and egomania.

I say all of this so you will understand why I cannot stop listening to …

…the second album from The Welcome Wagon — Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices.

Here’s my review.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of five published books: the moviegoing memoir Through a Screen Darkly (Regal, 2007), and a fantasy tetrology called The Auralia Thread (Random House, 2007-11). He has two passions: writing (fiction and essays on film) and teaching (creative writing, film studies, art & apologetics). He has 15 years of experience speaking around the U.S. and abroad at universities, conferences, and churches. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker and TIME, and he has been a reviewer and/or columnist for many publications including Christianity Today, Image, Paste, and Books & Culture. He's finishing MFA studies at Seattle Pacific University. Want Overstreet to speak, lead a film seminar, or teach creative writing? Inquire at