Artist: David Crowder Band
Album: A Collision
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In A Word: Ingenius
"David Crowder, stand up and take a bow. This
is an album that brings sonic exploration, musicianship
and discipleship together and inspires one to experience
this 'beautiful collision' as well."
heard David Crowder’s voice an American friend had asked
me if I knew what he looked like. When I responded in the
negative he proceeded to tell me that he was America’s
strangest looking worship leader. Upon closer inspection,
he’s certainly an interesting looking dude, with a long
goatee, tall and well-rounded white-boy afro and the type
of glasses only an artsy muso would wear. I immediately liked
the guy. Then I heard his music and started to smile.
A Collision is an instant refresher course in how
to make music that makes people think and listen closer. An
obviously talented and thoughtful musician, Crowder has referenced
Gospel music history by opening with a bit of backshed bluegrass
of Everybody wants to go to heaven then kicks straight
into the beautiful sounds of the grand piano on Come and
listen. There’s also the cotton field Gospel of
Soon I will be done with the troubles of this world,
multiple musical interludes between tracks and final sounds
that combine a mock interview with Crowder over the sounds
of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.
The radio hit Here is our King almost stands out
because of its simple pop accessibility. Foreverandever
etc is a hit from the ‘Passion’ movement
and shows Crowder’s ability to rock. Every song on the
album takes a slightly different musically tack, but it all
sticks like glue.
The song that explains the whole album is A Beautiful
Collision. It is a sonic journey that builds to such
an intensity my poor two-speaker car stereo was in shock and
contains the sentiment behind the statement that the band
finishes their concerts with each night: “When our depravity
meets His divinity, it is a beautiful collision”.
David Crowder, stand up and take a bow. This is an album that
brings sonic exploration, musicianship and discipleship together
and inspires one to experience this “beautiful collision”
Michael can be heard weekday mornings on Geelong-based radio
station 96.3 - www.rhemafm.org.au.