Tuesday, January 17, 2012

David Crowder* Band: Give Us Rest Review


In May of last year, David Crowder* Band surprised their impressive fan base by announcing one final farewell album. It was a tough pill to swallow, but many anticipated the new record, wondering what kind of goodness DCB could serve up for their final album. As it turns out, their final album Give Us Rest is an eclectic well-thought out, two-disc album offering nearly two hours of fun and worship.

Disc one begins, sounding as if it were recorded live in an old English church. During the opening track, we hear footsteps along a sidewalk, a church door open, and the piano music begin. “Oh Great God, Give us Rest” follows, longing to enter God’s rest. It builds very nicely, easily making for some of David Crowder Band’s best works yet. Choirs singing Latin worship songs mix throughout the wonderful David Crowder Band album, helping set the plot as would be in an old church. You can almost imagine the surroundings and envision a story happening therein the “musical score” of this album.

One of the highlights off the first disc of Give Us Rest proves to be the somewhat quirky, and definitely fun, “Blessedness of Everlasting Light,” with church bells and a swing tempo that help engage the listener. It does have a serious twist to it, too, making an excellent and emotional track. Seven tracks called “sequences” are also contained on the first disc, the first of which sounds so comparable to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO). Escalating and haunting pianos mixed with the classy rock will definitely engage the listener! The other six are either haunting (Sequence 2), blissful instrumentals (Sequences 3, 4, and 7), somewhat chaotic (Sequence 5), or worshipful interludes (Sequences 6 and 7). All are different, but enjoyable, and you would almost think they were intentionally trying to remake TSO it was so enjoyable!

A reprise of bells makes up the intro for disc two, which is the CD containing the worship songs the listener has come to know and love from David Crowder Band. “Oh My God” and “I Am A Seed” both have acoustic campfires, banjos, and choirs, sounding like a campfire song and more like what you would expect from Rend Collective than DCB. (But they are definitely enjoyable, nevertheless!) “After All (Holy)” is timeless, with heavenly choirs singing of God’s holiness, and another highlight proves to be “Oh Great Love of God,” speaking of the “Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.” The remainder of the disc tends to lean toward the acoustic side of things, delivering powerful songs of longing for heaven (a few of which are well-known hymns), or contemplations of the goodness of God. Some of these include “’Tis So Sweet to Trust In Jesus,” “Oh My God I’m Coming Home,” and the touching “Because He Lives.”

Give Us Rest is definitely a labor of love from David Crowder* Band, and it’s not hard to see that through this final album. We wave goodbye to a well-known and beloved worship group, but we also are presented with a wonderful 34-track album on two-discs that will leave you hitting repeat after each listen. It’s some of DCB’s best works ever – not one that you will want to miss!

Thank you, David Crowder* Band, for writing such amazing worship music for the church for 12 years. You will be missed.

Rating: 4/5
Release date: January 10, 2012

Track listing:

Disc One:
1. Requiem Aeternam Dona Eis, Domine
2. Oh Great God, Give Us Rest
3. Lux Aeternam Shine
4. Come Fine Me
5. God Have Mercy (Kyrie Eleison)
6. Why Me?
7. Fall on Your Knees
8. A Burial
9. Let Me Fell 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

Disc Two:
1. Reprise #2
2. Oh My God
3. I Am A Seed
4. After All (Holy)
5. The Great Amen
6. There Is A Sound
7. Oh, Great Love of God
8. Our Communion
9. Sometimes
10. A Return
11. Oh, My God I’m Coming Home
12. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms/
      ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust In Jesus
13. Jesus, Lead Me To Your Healing Waters
14. Because He Lives

2 comments:

  1. So very true, Jay!
    This was actually the very first David Crowder Band album I've listened to, and it is such a wonderful, memorable collection of songs, I wish they weren't breaking up.
    An amazing, genuine worship album, fit for any lover of music and the Saviour.

    God bless, David Crowder Band. Here's to hoping you return someday...

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  2. Good album review I liked it looking forward to getting this album as soon as I can :)

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