Illuminate

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
To call Dave Crowder a praise & worship artist does a disservice to his creativity. In a genre marked more by repetition than innovation, Crowder is a breath of fresh air. Illuminate is his second release and marks a huge leap ahead of his already stellar debut, 2002's Can You Hear Us?. With 16 rock/pop/worship tracks, Illuminate tackles the weighty topic of the "luminous" God and the "illuminated" man. It's an inventive approach, ripe with imagery and providing plenty of meat for some original songwriting. Musically, Crowder moves between the groovealicious "Open Skies" and "Intoxicating" and more straightforward pop-rock "No One like You". But even when performing a...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
To call Dave Crowder a praise & worship artist does a disservice to his creativity. In a genre marked more by repetition than innovation, Crowder is a breath of fresh air. Illuminate is his second release and marks a huge leap ahead of his already stellar debut, 2002's Can You Hear Us?. With 16 rock/pop/worship tracks, Illuminate tackles the weighty topic of the "luminous" God and the "illuminated" man. It's an inventive approach, ripe with imagery and providing plenty of meat for some original songwriting. Musically, Crowder moves between the groovealicious "Open Skies" and "Intoxicating" and more straightforward pop-rock "No One like You". But even when performing a classic hymn like "All Creatures," Crowder manages to imbue his material with a heart and soul so obviously lacking elsewhere. If Illuminate is an example of where the modern worship movement is headed, then bring it on.
All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
On their sophomore release, Illuminate, the members of the David Crowder Band leave no one in the dark regarding their collective talents. This 16-song set rides a sonic edge that is helping lead modern worship into new, uncharted territory. The six-man group is unabashed in putting 21st century, Christ-centered optimism to a brilliant innovative sound. The songs have as much depth as you would expect from a group that blends three guitars, an electric fiddle, a punching bass, and endless drum loops. Frontman David Crowder adds a layer of poignant thoughtfulness with his lyrics. Their collective synergy cannot be hidden, as verses rise to chilling anthems in toe-tappers like "How Great" and "No One Like You." The first single, "O Praise Him All This for a King," climbs to an ecstatic climax in hailing the regality of the Savior. The guys don't get carried away, though; they lay down enough quiet spots, like "Only You" and "All Creatures No. 2," for you to digest the passionate testimonies that accompany every beat. Even the reprises and interludes have something to say: the instrumental "Coming Toward," for example, could be a soundtrack for spiritual awakening. Don't expect these guys to do anything quietly. There's too much in them begging to be heard.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • Label: Six Step Records
  • UPC: 724359023007
  • Catalog Number: 90230

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sparks Fly (0:18)
  2. 2 Revolutionary Love (3:59)
  3. 3 O Praise Him (All This for a King) (5:49)
  4. 4 Skies Interlude (0:28)
  5. 5 Open Skies (3:59)
  6. 6 Intoxicating (7:30)
  7. 7 How Great (4:03)
  8. 8 No One Like You (3:53)
  9. 9 Reprise (0:48)
  10. 10 All Creatures No. 2 (5:16)
  11. 11 Only You (4:01)
  12. 12 Deliver Me (4:43)
  13. 13 Coming Toward (2:14)
  14. 14 Heaven Came Down (4:14)
  15. 15 Glorious Day (0:27)
  16. 16 Stars (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Crowder Band Primary Artist
David Crowder Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Charlie Peacock Keyboards
Mitch Watkins Electric Guitar
Chris Eaton Background Vocals
Gary Burnette Electric Guitar
Bob Mason Cello
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
Jack Parker Electric Guitar, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Casio, Group Member
Zach Lind Drums
Nirva Dorsaint Background Vocals
Jeremy Bush Percussion, Drums, Casio, Group Member
Jason Solley Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Mike D. Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Charlie Peacock Programming, Producer
Mitch Watkins Producer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Jack Parker Composer
Mike Hogan Composer
Helena Marsh Composer
Jon Marsh Composer
Shane D. Wilson Engineer
Michael Dodson Composer
Zach Lind Producer
Louie Giglio Executive Producer
John W. Peterson Composer
David Crowder Arranger, Composer
David Crowder Band Composer, Producer
Brad O'Donnell Executive Producer
Jeremy Bush Composer, Programming, Sound Effects
Jason Solley Composer
Benji Peck Art Direction
Mike D. Programming
Leah Payne Administration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Illuminating!

    this is by far my favorite and possibly the most incredible modern worship cd out there. the lyrics are meaningful and the music is unbeatable. dave and the boys have done a great job, and created a worthy follow-up to "Our Love Is Loud."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    gets better and better

    I agree with one review that this one just grows on you more and more. I think the true emphasis of worship is the key... It has all the elements needed to be a high quality worship classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't get enough

    This worship album has literally been playing over and over in my car for over a month now and i can't seem to get enough of it. Its one of those albums that grows on you more and more each time its played.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Revolution in Praise and Worship

    This CD is amazing... It takes the entire Christian music genre to a leven it's never been before. Crowder's entire band has stepped up their music and is playing w/ an unprecidented "tightness" and Crowders humility that comes out in his PASSIONATE lirics displays an integrity and romance for CHRIST that is to be admired.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    spread the word

    The Barnes and Noble review was right on. Don't listen to the idiot from Christianity Today who wrote a sub-par review. This CD will stay in your car for weeks at a time. You will find yourself unable to stop listening. The lyrics are deep, the musical arrangements are unique and difficult. O Praise Him, No One Like You, and Intoxicating are my favorites. Buy a couple, save on the shipping, and give it to your non-Christian friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love this album

    this album is great. the vocals are great, the instruments.. the lyrics truly are at a different level; it hits home pretty well. you can tell these guys are passionate about their music and the Lord.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    I just got the pre-release, and this is definately my new favorite album. Way to go DCB!

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