I See Things Upside Down

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I See Things Upside Down
Studio album by Derek Webb
Released November 9, 2004
Studio The Smoakstack, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Experimental rock, folk, contemporary Christian
Length 63:42
Label INO
Producer Derek Webb, Cason Cooley, Matt Pierson, Will Sayles, Justin Loucks, Paul Moak, Kenny Meeks
Derek Webb chronology
The House Show
(2004)The House Show2004
I See Things Upside Down
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
CCM Magazine A-[2]
Christianity Today 5/5 stars[3]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 stars[4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[5]
Challies 5/5 stars[6]
RELEVANT 4/5 stars[7]

I See Things Upside Down (2004) is the second solo studio album from singer-songwriter Derek Webb. It was recorded at The Smoakstack recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee and engineered by Justin Loucks. This album branches out musically from what Webb had done in the past, and Webb has stated that he wanted to "dismantle everyone's idea of what kind of music they could expect" from him.[8]

Referencing the paradoxes provided in Christ's teachings, I See Things Upside Down investigates the idea that perhaps, contrary to our religious and social standards, failure equals success, poverty equals riches, weakness equals strength, and foolishness equals understanding.[9] “What are the things that we American Christians value in our culture and how is that different and often ‘upside down’ from true Kingdom values? I’ve found that often success looks more like failure, riches more like poverty, and that real life often feels more like death,” Webb said in a press release.[10]


Webb's second album was well-received by both fans and critics alike. Sonically folksy-rock, I See Things Upside Down wasted no time mincing words or sugarcoating Webb's perception of the state of the Church and the American faith culture. This criticism shouldn't be taken as disdain, per se, as Webb continues to assert he is particularly passionate about the Church. In an interview with Cross Rhythms, Webb said, "It's the same dilemma patriots have always had. Patriots love their government enough to be able to criticise it. I love the Church; the Church needs to hear the Gospel. I feel very encouraged at the camaraderie I have felt with college kids, families, even pastors, as we all share our concerns. If I can continue doing this, I am very happy." [11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Want a Broken Heart" Derek Webb 6:33
2. "Better Than Wine" Webb 3:16
3. "The Strong, the Tempted, & The Weak" John Kent (words), Webb (music) 5:53
4. "Reputation" Webb 4:24
5. "I Repent" Webb 4:29
6. "Medication" Webb 4:58
7. "We Come to You" Aaron Tate 8:07
8. "T-Shirts (What We Should Be Known For)" Webb 4:33
9. "Ballad in Plain Red" Webb 4:42
10. "Nothing is Ever Enough" Webb 5:46
11. "Lover Part 2" Webb 5:48
12. "What is Not Love" Webb 5:05
Total length: 63:42


Awards and Accolades[edit]

I See Things Upside Down was selected as the #2 best album of 2004 by Christianity Today magazine.[13]


Chart (2004) Peak position
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[14] 34


  1. ^ Anderson, Rick (November 9, 2004). "I See Things Upside Down - Derek Webb : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ McCreary, David (December 1, 2004). "In Review: Derek Webb: I See Things Upside Down (INO)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. Salem Publishing. pp. 47–48. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Breimeier, Russ (November 1, 2004). "I See Things Upside Down - Reviewed by Russ Breimeier". Christianity Today. Crosswalk.com. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Daniels, John (January 17, 2005). "Review: I See Things Upside Down - Derek Webb". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Vander Loop, Jessica (November 5, 2004). "Derek Webb, "I See Things Upside Down" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ Challies, Tim (November 17, 2005). "Album Review - I See Things Upside Down Challies Dot Com". Challies.com. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Whitley, Carla Jean (November 16, 2004). "I See Things Upside Down - RELEVANT Magazine". Relevant Media. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ Derek Webb, 01/06 - Interviews - Christian Music Today
  9. ^ derekwebb.net, popular fansite
  10. ^ Needs citation
  11. ^ Derek Webb: US Singer/songwriter talks about his ministry
  12. ^ Rev. I.B. Longe is an alias used by guitarist Kenny Meeks for his occasionally unique performances that seem to reach for an altered personality on his instrument.
  13. ^ "The Best Christian Albums of 2004 - Christianity Today magazine". Christianity Today. January 1, 2005. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Derek Webb – Chart history" Billboard Christian Albums for Derek Webb.