Today’s Praise: Crowder’s newest CD lights it up
With his bushy hair and oversize goatee, David Crowder might not be setting fashion trends, but he’s certainly redefining worship music for the 21st century.
The David Crowder Band’s 2002 debut “Can You Hear This?” gave us “Our Love Is Loud” — a standard at “young adult” church services — and raised the bar for rock worship. Now the band delivers “Illuminate,” a solid sophomore project.
After a brief intro track, “Revolutionary Love” kicks the CD into high gear with driving guitar riffs and electronic accents in an assertive song about God’s love that “leads us,” “meets us,” “brings us” and “frees us.”
The tempo slides back a notch with “O Praise Him,” definitely the best song on the disc. Crowder’s voice seems vulnerable and plaintive, drawing the listener into a slowly building chorus of praise. By the end of the song, Crowder is belting out a firm affirmation that “He is holy.”
With the exception of the staccato bursts of rocking praise in “No One Like You,” most of the remaining songs are slower and acoustically oriented.
Overall, Crowder’s vocals, the slower tempo and the greater acoustic feel make the CD very personal, best suited for private worship and reflection.
On the Web: www.davidcrowderband.com.
Ooooh yeah! If you missed it the first time around, now’s the time to grab Audio Adrenaline’s “Worldwide.” This Grammy-nominated disc is being re-released with an accompanying DVD.
“Worldwide” is probably Audio A’s best CD so far. It roars. It challenges. It prods. It soothes. It’s great.
“Church Punks,” is a punkish call for young Christians to take a bigger role in the church. It’s followed by “Dirty,” which asserts that real disciples do real work. “You can’t have this treasure until you dig it from the dirt.” The song “Strong” offers similar advice.
The tempo eases a bit for several songs — but the impact only increases. Among these songs is “Pierced,” a touching account of Jesus’ sacrifice. “Leaving Ninety-nine” recalls the parable about the good shepherd who would leave 99 safe sheep in order to find one lost sheep. And the disc ends with an acoustic remix of “Ocean Floor,” the terrific song about forgiveness.
On the Web: www.audioa.com.
— Today’s Praise is a roundup of news and reviews from the contemporary Christian music industry. It appears every other week on the Religion page.