Review: David Crowder Band, “Church Music”
Worship music is a touchy subject with me, usually because so many bands and artists tend to take the name of “worship” and throw it on what they do, while many others within the CCM industry perform the cheesy, bland music that we hear on the Christian radio stations on a daily basis. Every once in a while, though, one or two bands actually come out with music that impresses me, especially in the worship genre. David Crowder Band have constantly been a driving force in Christian worship music, pushing the envelope with every album they put out.
Church Music is the band’s fifth full-length album, coming after the mediocre Remedy, which was the slightly disappointing follow-up to the band’s masterpiece, A Collision. As a fan, I liked both recordings, even though they were drastically different from each other. While A Collision was a fantastic departure from the standard worship genre, Remedy felt more like a harkening back to the band’s simplistic debut. On Church Music, the band has successfully fused the two records together for an intriciate and beautiful recording that is both simple to know, yet amazing to listen to. Songs that stand out immediately are “The Veil”, upbeat rocker “The Nearness”, and the lengthy yet satisfying “Eastern Hymn”. The songs have simple lyrical content many times, but the music as a whole is much more than what we’re used to hearing from David Crowder Band. Synths, drum loops and fantastic instrumentation on the band’s part abound on tracks like “Birmingham (We Are Safe)”, which is simply about praising God for the love and safety we have in Him.
Many of the songs here incorporate fast beats that make for a perfect live show experience, so it will be great to hear these new songs live soon, especially with the techno elements thrown into many songs. The band does of course, slow things down on a few songs, such as their rendition of Flyleaf’s “All Of Me”, stripped down to acoustic. Also present is probably the hit worship song of the year, John Mark McMillian’s “How He Loves” which has indie/folk group Eisley as featured vocalists. The majority of the rest of the album focuses on the praise aspect, such as the ready-to-move title track, and probably the next installment of the band’s “rock opera” songs, “God Almighty, None Compares” which gradually goes from simplistic to epic in a matter of seven minutes.
Overall, the 17-track album is a solid mix between each of their two last albums, and makes for a pretty powerful listening experience. With so much talent within the band and creativeness practically oozing out of their veins, it isn’t surprising to have such an impressive fifth album. The man with the crazy hair is back for more, and it doesn’t appear they’re going to be stopping any time soon. Another solid release.
Star Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5