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by David Crowder Band

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…  See more details below


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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Six Step Records


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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
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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Illuminate 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got the pre-release, and this is definately my new favorite album. Way to go DCB!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
winniegirls More than 1 year ago
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.