I had liked David Crowder*Band for some time before I actually owned any of their albums. I had heard DC*B’s music, and fallen in love with A Collision, but I don’t think I actually owned an album of theirs until Church Music came out. John hyped it up to me, and since we usually agree on worship bands, I went to Rhapsody when it came out and listened to it from start to end, and it was great. It’s hard to experiment with music and make it good (not to mention keep the entire thing worshipful), but Crowder and band seem to have it down pretty well. He’s very skilled at conveying what his heart is feeling with more than just the same cliches, and he can make the listener feel it too. “The Nearness” celebrates the closeness of God to us while “Can I Lie Here” imagines what it would be like to be immersed in His Spirit. The center of the album features two slower (and beautifully-done) cover songs; a rendition of the popular “How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan and a slowing down and re-imagining of Flyleaf’s “All Around Me.” It’s such a good worship album, and it’s so deserving of the [surprising] Worship Album of the Year Dove Award for that year. If you loved A Collision but haven’t really felt anything from DC*B since then, Church Music will restore your faith in this incredible band.
– Scott Fryberger
Church Music (2009)
Click here for our review of the album.
Our synopsis: “An incredible and heartfelt experimental worship album.” (Recommended by JFH’s Scott Fryberger)
Perfect For: Despair, hope, worship
Song Highlights: “The Nearness,” “We Are Loved,” “All Around Me,” “How He Loves,” “Church Music – Dance (!),” “Oh, Happiness”
So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Church Music? Do you recommend it? If so, why?