CAPC’s Favorite Music of 2023

Our favorite music of 2023 includes the return of pop music icons, a pop-punk reunion, goth legends in concert, Tay Tay (of course), and more.

Blink-182’s Reunion Reveals Our Need for Relational Guidance

“ONE MORE TIME” reminds us of mortality, of the freedom that righting wrongs provides, and of the joy of long-term human connection.

1983 vs. 2023: When Is Revival Right for America?

Some Christians want their version of revival so desperately that they try to force revival through fearmongering.

Reflections on Tom Waits’ “Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis”

Waits’ inimitable barroom baritone paints a vivid picture of a lonely soul living at the edge of Christmas.

Laufey’s Jazz Album Bewitched and the Sublime of Falling in Love

Laufey’s album is a call to be once again enchanted by the beauty of love in a disenchanted world.

Finding the Divinity of Jesus Christ Superstar’s Countercultural Messiah

Once you get past all the counterculture posturing, Jesus Christ Superstar gets one crucial thing right about the gospel accounts.

Falsetto Echoes of the Soul: The Transcendent Properties of Power Metal

To wit, I wrote this because some British lads dressed as hobbits wrote songs that made my heart soar toward the God who laced the world with transcendent desires.

World Gone Cold Shines a Bit of Light: Self-Titled EP Review

World Gone Cold seeks to “warm the blood and soothe the soul” in light of society’s isolation and chilly feeling.

On the Importance of Sad Christmas Songs

Many of our most beloved secular and sacred carols have sorrowful connotations intrinsically wrapped up inside them.

What Keeps Us Up at Midnight

Taylor Swift’s latest album accurately shows we are not the sole culprit for our sleeplessness.

Why Kanye’s “White Lives Matter” Provocation Is Wrong

Messages need to deal in facts and the consequences of history—two things Ye is willfully and utterly unconcerned about.

Nothing but the Truth: The Enduring Appeal of Loretta Lynn

Instinctively, Loretta Lynn seemed to sense that music goes even deeper than hopes and dreams and ideals.

Finding Treasure in a Broken Land: America’s Best Songwriter, Thirty Years On

An antidote to both hopeless secularism and blind, unreflective faith, Mark Heard’s songs grab listeners by the lapels and shake them awake.

“It’s an Old Song, and We’re Gonna Sing It Again”: Hadestown, Sir Orfeo, and Music for the End of Time

There is indeed an affinity to the classical pagan tale in Hadestown, one that tells us much about our own day—especially when compared to the medieval poem Sir Orfeo.

When Violence Is Not the Answer but Certainly the Question: Bruce Cockburn’s “If I Had a Rocket Launcher”

The question of the dissemination of dangerous ideas through art is always a contentious one.

Does Evil Have a Sound? Reflections on Vecna’s Playlist, Black Metal & the Banality of Evil

Is Vecna’s evil really exemplified best by the tumultuous sounds of black metal artists like Darkthrone and Mayhem?