Today Caedmon’s Call leaked one of the tracks to their upcoming album Overdressed. It’s a tune called “Expectations,” which features Andrew Osenga and Danielle Young on vocals. The verses are laid over a scant rhythm guitar and are delivered in a style that reminds me a bit of Paul Simon.
To me the song seems to talk about the way we tend to sell Jesus like some kind of cosmic cure all. Like if you just buy into this Jesus thing all your problems will disappear, flowers will bloom eternal and you’ll never see another grey sky for the rest of your days.
Of course the problem with this approach to “selling” Jesus is that it often sets “the buyer” up for tremendous disappointment and discouragement. So often the faith that’s marketed for public consumption looks quite a bit different once you’re on the journey. When the once smoothed over surface of faith wears down to reveal the jagged rocks beneath, we’re bound to experience some cuts and bruises as we travel.
This song explores that feeling of disillusionment. When you feel like you’ve been sold a bill of goods.
It’s a bold song considering Caedmon’s typically CCM audience. Questioning the fullness of Christian life – as it’s often sold to us – may raise a few suspicious eyebrows. But it’s a feeling many in the faith can identify with, and I’m glad they used their platform to address it.
You can hear the song below. It can be downloaded for free here. I’ve posted the lyrics in the comments section.