Classic Praise Songs With a Modern Musical Sensibility.
tvtv3 | Sorento, IL United States | 08/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To be completely honest, there really isn't a lot of great praise music being written today. Christian music, including most of those who write praise and worship songs, copy the culture or even worse yet, remake previously culturally-imitated "praise" songs. There isn't a whole lot of Christian music being created that's worth listening too, let alone praise God with. There are only a handful of artists who, like the great hymn writers of old, are writing music and lyrics that isn't addicted to mediocrity and is actually intelligent, passionate, and spiritually meaningful. David Crowder is one of those few.
I was introduced to Crowder's music for the first time this past summer. I was amazed. Here was an artist who was creating music full of passion that didn't copy the culture, yet was full of intelligence and purpose. In short, praise music that someone outside of the Church might actually become interested in as well. It's a rare feat in today's post-modern "Christian" culture.
I purchased ILLUMINATE because it includes the song "O Praise Him (All This For a King)". I find that song to be the most powerful piece of music on the album and it has yet to not bring me to tears. However, there are lots of other tunes that are just as powerful. I especially like "Deliver Me" and "Stars".
If you're looking for some praise music that's better than most of the contemporary stuff out there, check out the David Crowder Band and get illuminated."
Stellar. There is no equal.
Matthew Y. Ho Kang | Glendale, CA United States | 09/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"David Crowder Band's new CD "Illuminate" hits the highest highs and never lets go of the excellence it portrayed in its original small release album. Those unfamiliar with DCB should know that its hallmark is creating modern worship music that rocks the house at the same time. Fused with techno-beats and returning heavy guitar sounds, the album is an excellent collection of songs that is worth getting. Sure-fire hits are: "O Praise Him", "Revolutionary Love", and "No One Like You." In addition, David Crowder's lyrics and one-of-a-kind voice never fail to inspire awe.Even more comprehensive and diverse in sound than their second album "Can You Hear Us?", "Iluminate" has plenty of songs to keep you on the ledge between sheer worship and modern rock, enjoying every moment along the way."
How did they do it?
David Schroeder | WA | 01/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"That'll be one of the questions you'll be asking after a listening of David Crowder's CD. "Illuminate" combines penetrating words with draw dropping music in all respects. Effects, Mixing, Style, Meter; DCB's ability to come together under such unique yet familiar music is inspiring. "O Praise Him" mounts worship lyrics over a fast almost techno beat. "Skies Interlude" will make you wonder how they got away with turntables without sounding "wanna be- something". No, DCB is for real- they aren't a variation, or a watered down sound from a washed out band. "No one like you" shows they can do punk too. Its important to note that they do punk, but it doesn't come off like some inaudible mess of muffled words under guitars and a fast beat. You can hear what they're saying! And the words are good! And it doesn't sound stupid! "Illuminate"'s strong satisfaction of all the criteria make the songs available for worship or for just listening. I finally don't have to listen to Christian Music that sounds like everything else. And if anyone knows the time meter on "Heaven Come Down", tell me. Just when I think I know it something happens to prove my suspicions wrong. If you like worship, buy this CD. If you like a variety of music styles, buy this CD. If you are an estute listener of music, buy this CD. If you are any of these I promise you will ask wonder how the David Crowder Band did "Illuminate.""
A beautiful album with modest usefulness for the churches
Nathan Hitchcock | Sioux Falls, SD United States | 12/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Crowder continues to be among the preeminent worship leaders, breaking the stylistic boundaries we as Christians are in the habit of making. Illuminate reinforces his groundbreaking work, utilizing dance, r+b, pop-punk(!), and acoustic elements in a nicely synthesized package. It's smart and youthful and aesthetic. Save for the pleasantly progressive, "O Praise Him (All This for a King)," however, worship leaders will have a difficult time inserting Illuminate's songs into a service. Even the more user-friendly songs prove difficult to emulate in live worship.
Crowder also continues in a deep subjectivist vein. His songs bask in the presence of God, and pursue intimacy, but are notably minimal in content. While I have little doubt that the songs are informed by scripture, there is a need for the biblical themes to be readily present. Seeing Crowder live was a different experience for me; his songs in the context of his flesh-and-bones leadership took on real biblical life. (As Don Saliers would say, divine ethos met human pathos.)
Illuminate shines best not in its utility, but in its ability to be listened to as a soundtrack for daily life. Those who seek to fit in the fuzzy middle-genre between worship and "Christian living" songwriting would do well to follow the path Crowder is charting."