David Crowder Band breaks genre linesBy MOLLY SHOULTA
As if “Remedy” wasn’t good enough, along comes “Church Music.” While some of the songs are weird, psychedelic and just plain weird, you have managed to score another hit. What other Christian artist can sport a song titled “Church Music—Dance [!]” and get away with it?! None. Although I cannot say I’m the veteran David Crowder fan, I somehow began listening to their music on long car trips and began to dig deeper into more and more of their music. Their albums consistently show diversity from track to track and a fun spirit of worship. And they did it again.
If anyone has a bad David Crowder album, please let someone know because to this point, it’s highly doubtful. While their previous record, “Remedy,” boasted multiple hits to the airwaves, this one seems to be promising even more. Anyone who has seen this group in concert will certainly agree that the band has a spark for silliness and a heart for Christ. This shines through on the album over and over again. Though some of the “tamer” songs are the stronger songs on the CD are more moving and worship friendly, including “Alleluia, Sing,” “Eastern Hymn,” “SMS,” and “All Around Me.” “Shadows” proves to have a meaningful message, and the words are beautifully written to twist from the “shadows” that “fall on us,” to the “shadow of the cross.”
The most powerful song on the album is undoubtedly “How He Loves.” The inclusion of instruments of all sorts and gradual build throughout the song draws attention to the lyrics as they intensify as well as through the bridge. The band must believe, quite rightly, the upbeat songs can also speak to open ears and hearts. Take “Can I Lie Here,” a song that starts with a trailed off beat and vocals. Yes, your speakers are working correctly. “Oh, Happiness” is the song to get stuck in your head. The unique thing about the David Crowder Band is their ability to create songs for a slower paced worshipping crowd or a jumping, shouting group and everything in between; “God Almighty, None Compares” and “The Nearness” lend themselves to rocking out, but none- theless both exhibit a meaningful experience through lyrics.
Those new to David Crowder may not realize, or appreciate, the “Nintendo” sounds incorporated into multiple songs. Given, at first they’re annoying. For some of the tracks, the little add in noises will make or break it. But the crazy side of David Crowder can’t be ignored. “Church Music—Dance [!]” – point and case. Vocal scooping and crazy background noise make up a just plain fun song. The album starts off with “Phos Hilaron (Hail Gladdening Light),” which begins relatively calmly, but soon kicks it up a notch. DCB is not afraid to pull out some metal-esque music, but still manages to keep it their own. Ironically, the last track, “In The End (O Resplendent Light!)” takes listeners out on a similar note as the opening, only reversed. The beginning through middle of the song is somewhat heavy, but it trails off to a quiet goodbye.
“We Are Loved” and “What a Miracle” are similar in their sound, and probably confusable, but both still have distinct lyrics and music patterns. They are not the best on the album, but are certainly still decent. Almost any of the tracks could fall into the “techno” genre, though Christian Techno has yet to really find a foothold in the music world. Take a listen to “The Veil”—the Christian Rock version of “Sandstorm,” anyone? The song is still an interesting one to say the least. Similar in techno style is “Birmingham;” a very upbeat, repetitive melody line makes for a song you won’t want to skip. Every single song on the album is worth listening to. Some songs stand out over others, but altogether they piece together an album well worth buying. Overall, “Church Music” demonstrates what a perfect ten, five star album should be. Keep it up, David Crowder Band.
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A Walk around campus
A brief description of the sculptures on campusBy EVAN HARRELL
As you walk through and around main campus, you cannot help but notice some of the most unique pieces of art. They are part of the college’s Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition which, according to the pamphlets located beside each sculpture, “was sponsored by Richard Spears ‘57 and unveiled in 2007.” President of Georgetown College, Dr. William H. Crouch, Jr. had this to say about the exhibit: “Art is a critical dimension of any great liberal arts college. This wonderful exhibit adds a richness to the learning environment and becomes a wonderful benefit to our community.”