David Crowder Band – Give Us Rest

By Joshua Hedlund on January-28-2012 | Filed under Reviews | Share

David Crowder Band – Give Us Rest
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4.6 (16 votes)

Artist: David Crowder Band
Title: Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys])
Label: sixstepsrecords
Release Date: 1/10/2012
Reviewer: Joshua Hedlund

Tracklisting

  1. (Disc One) Requiem Aeternam Dona Eis, Domine
  2. Oh Great God, Give Us Rest
  3. Lux Aeternam Shine
  4. Come Find Me
  5. God Have Mercy (Kyrie Eleison)
  6. Why Me?
  7. Fall On Your Knees
  8. A Burial
  9. Let Me Feel You Shine
  10. Reprise #1
  11. Blessedness of Everlasting Light
  12. The Sound of Light
  13. Interlude
  14. Sequence 1
  15. Sequence 2
  16. Sequence 3
  17. Sequence 4
  18. Sequence 5
  19. Sequence 6
  20. Sequence 7
  21. (Disc Two) Reprise #2
  22. Oh My God
  23. I Am a Seed
  24. After All (Holy)
  25. The Great Amen
  26. There Is a Sound
  27. Oh, Great Love of God
  28. Our Communion
  29. Sometimes
  30. A Return
  31. Oh, My God I’m Coming Home
  32. Leaning On the Everlasting Arms / ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (Medley)
  33. Jesus, Lead Me to Your Healing Waters
  34. Because He Lives

EPIC.

It’s a word that has become so overused, and so diluted to describe almost anything that’s “really cool,” that I hesitate to use it at all anymore. But if there are musical releases deserving of the adjective, the latest and greatest and final album from the David Crowder Band is surely a worthy candidate.

Consider the title: Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]). Consider the length: two discs, thirty-four tracks, one hundred minutes and forty-six seconds. It has plenty of electronic loops and layers, but this is far from the dance party we experienced in Church Music. It has bluegrass renditions of classic hymns we haven’t seen since A Collision. It has acoustic guitar riff action we haven’t heard since Illuminate. It’s got banjo grooves borrowed from Mumford & Sons, and dynamic instrumental sequences spanning Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Explosions in the Sky. It delivers its theme – a plea for rest – and reprises it throughout the album as it explores a journey that ends by coming home. Pretentious? Maybe. But full of fun and joy and worship? Definitely.

I don’t want to say too much; the track listing is long enough already, and I don’t want to give too much away, either. (I’m also not very qualified to discuss the liturgical framework.) It’s an experience you’ll have to discover for yourself. Crowder has a way with music that tricks me into liking catchy worship anthems that I might consider clichéd from someone else. He alone is holy / He alone most high / To God be the glory / To God be the glory / Spirit / Father / Jesus Christ! The layers are deep and deliberately crafted, with more to discover with each listen. There are more background vocals singing with Crowder than we’re used to hearing, and there are a couple spots that remind me of Gungor (a musician who may be ready to pick up the creative worship mantle Crowder is laying down).

Crowder’s prolific lyrics are as diverse as the music. Between the stadium-sized declarations of God’s holiness you’ll find stripped-down pleas for mercy. It’s not all vertical worship either; one highlight is the bluegrass folk jam “I Am A Seed”: I’ve been pushed down into the ground / But I will rise up a tree. The classic numbers at the end exude peace with their confident declarations of God’s faithfulness. (Is there anyone else out there who has covered both Sufjan Stevens and Bill Gaither?)

Overall: David Crowder and his bandmates have been defining worship music for more than a decade, and they went all out for their last hurrah. There’s something for everyone in this double-disc opus, from corporate worship anthems to personal prayers to instrumental jams spanning a wide range of dynamics. From the opening chimes to the closing hymns, it’s almost too much, and you probably won’t want to listen to all of it all the time, but you’ll definitely want to explore it all year long.

David Crowder Band - Give Us Rest, 4.6 out of 5 based on 16 ratings

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I like listening to music and trying to promote the stuff I like (@joshuahedlund), and sometimes I play piano and try to write stuff (I just picked up the accordion!). I married my lovely bride Emily in October 2010. We want to be a RYFO house one day but for now just support bands through going to shows and doing interviews and whatever else we can! View all posts by Joshua Hedlund

8 Responses to 'David Crowder Band – Give Us Rest'

  1. TheArchangel says:

    Finally someone’s posted an album review for this!!
    Great review Joshua!

    I wholeheartedly agree with you, if not for a request to change the rating to ten out of ten skulls :D

    The reason I got this album back in the beginning of January was for the length (34 tracks!) and curiosity as to the hype that was building around its upcoming release…
    This was the very first album I’d listened to by DCB, and, let me tell you, it was WELL worth it!
    Quite an amazing compilation of original and cover praise songs, with some beautiful (and a few crazy) instrumentals and transitional tracks thrown in.

    I would highly recommend this album to anyone that listens to and loves good Christian music!

    David Crowder Band, you will be sorely missed……

  2. I bought this and so far I have only listened to the first disc. It was pretty grand. Now I just need to listen to the second disc.

  3. thruchristalone777 says:

    I haven’t really followed David Crowder’s music since “A Collision”, and to be honest, I have never really been much of a DC*B fan, but this review definitely sparks my interest.

  4. fusse says:

    EPIC is exactly the word. This will def be one of the best albums of the year and lot to listen to throughout the year like Joshua said. Loving the variety within the record but that’s what you would expect with 34 songs and DC*B :D

    And this probably has one of best album closers ever. That song, hymn, is just spot on and fitting.

  5. Well…epic DOES mean ‘in proportions that have never been seen before’…and a 34 track album from a great worship artist that stays solid throughout the whole thing would be…well…epic. :)

  6. Lucas says:

    So glad this got reviewed here! This record has really set the bar this year not just for worship music but for music in general. It’s funny with all the experimental tracks on here my favorite still might be “After All (Holy)”. That’s just the most perfect worship song for me..
    Anyways I guess it’s time for Gungor to pick up the torch DC*B was carrying. Is it just me or is worship music actually getting better as of late? I feel like it’s actually starting to move the more indie root. :)

  7. KeithX says:

    This album does not disappoint. What a great way to go out.

  8. Smacky X says:

    Great Interview and great comments. Lucas I have to agree with you about “After All (Holy).”

    I am also happy to see them cover “Why Me?” I grew up listening along with my parents to many different country artists cover the simple but beautiful song. Even though, I’m not a big country fan, the song has long held a place in my heart, and I’ve always wanted to hear one of my favorite artists cover it. I was taken aback when I actually heard it on this album! I gave my dad a copy and was happy to see him enjoy it too. (It’s not often we find an album that we both enjoy)

    I think that the experimentation, diversity in style, creative “tracks” between songs, beautiful lyrics and powerful song structures make this album worth at least the 9 that Joshua gave it

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