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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Two years after the dissolution of the David Crowder Band, its frontman and songwriter issues his solo debut, Neon Steeple. In his promo video for the record, the artist calls this music "folktronica." The term goes back to music journalist Jim Byers writing about Badly Drawn Boy. Momus' 2001 album was titled Folktronic, and as a "genre," early records by Beth Orton, Tunng, and many others fall under its umbrella. But this is a first for CCM. Etymological origins aside, Crowder's description is somewhat accurate, at least for its purposes. While "Neon Intro" is a rootsy acoustic number, it's immediately followed by massively looped handclaps, dropped synth basslines, ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Two years after the dissolution of the David Crowder Band, its frontman and songwriter issues his solo debut, Neon Steeple. In his promo video for the record, the artist calls this music "folktronica." The term goes back to music journalist Jim Byers writing about Badly Drawn Boy. Momus' 2001 album was titled Folktronic, and as a "genre," early records by Beth Orton, Tunng, and many others fall under its umbrella. But this is a first for CCM. Etymological origins aside, Crowder's description is somewhat accurate, at least for its purposes. While "Neon Intro" is a rootsy acoustic number, it's immediately followed by massively looped handclaps, dropped synth basslines, four-on-the-floor drums and programs, acoustic guitars, banjo, Dobro, and fiddle in "My Beloved." Bluegrass melody aside, the sheeny production and rhythmic tack move it directly toward mainstream radio pop. Pre-release single "I Am," despite its wafting synth intro, is more processional -- at least in the first verse -- until the over-amped floor toms, kick drums, and waves of digitally delayed vocal choruses kick in on the refrain. It's a signature Crowder church anthem to be sure; it spent ten weeks in the Christian music charts, as did the other pre-release single "This I Know," a more subtle -- but no less triumphant -- affair that begins with fingerpicked guitars, mandolin, and fiddle. Unlike the rest of this set, its more organic-sounding backing chorus trounces the production even amid those thundering looped handclaps. The sonic framework is best utilized on the retro Bon Jovi-esque rock in "Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)," the country gospel of "Jesus Is Calling," and the shuffling "Ain't No Grave," which cleverly pairs strummed mandolins with oversized drum programs -- and a killer bridge. There are a pair of cuts that don't work: the anthem "Here's My Heart" is so derivative of U2 that its own identity is erased, and the balladic alter-call number "Come as You Are" feels too formulaic. If Crowder has a career signature -- besides writing hit worship songs -- it's been his quirkiness; that's certainly the quotient on Neon Steeple. Fans should be delighted.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2014
  • Label: Six Step Records
  • EAN: 5099968048426
  • Catalog Number: 002000202
  • Sales rank: 190

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Neon Intro (0:34)
  2. 2 My Beloved (4:24)
  3. 3 I Am (4:06)
  4. 4 Come Alive (3:14)
  5. 5 Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) (3:44)
  6. 6 Come As You Are (4:49)
  7. 7 Hands Of Love (5:09)
  8. 8 Jesus Is Calling (2:05)
  9. 9 My Sweet Lord (4:03)
  10. 10 This I Know (4:04)
  11. 11 Ain't No Grave (3:42)
  12. 12 You Are (3:31)
  13. 13 Here's My Heart (6:57)
  14. 14 Steeple Outro (1:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Crowder Primary Artist
David Crowder Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Background Vocals
Phil Madeira Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Hammond B3
Ron Block Banjo
Chris Carmichael Fiddle
Todd Bragg Percussion
Kenny Hutson Banjo, Mandolin, Lap Steel Guitar
Ed Cash Banjo, Guitar
Christopher Stevens Keyboards
Matthew Melton Bass
Claire Indie Cello
Chad Copelin Keyboards
Taylor Johnson Guitar, Resonator
Drew Ramsey Acoustic Guitar
Max Mitchell Synthesizer Bass
Laura Musten Violin
Hank Bentley Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, fender rhodes
Dave Spencer Background Vocals
Jacob Schrodt Percussion, Drums
Jared Fox Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards
Liz Huett Background Vocals
Lauren Johnson Vocals, Hand Clapping
Tom Loschiavo Vocals, Hand Clapping
Cara Fox Cello, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Christian Paschall Percussion, Drums, Mellotron
Josh Murty Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Theremin, Resonator
Timmon Johnson Vocals, Hand Clapping
J.R. Collins Bass
Mercy Stevens Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Sally George Background Vocals
Blaine Watson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Phil Madeira Vocal Producer
Charlie Monroe Composer
Todd Robbins Engineer
Hank Williams Composer
Kenny Hutson Engineer, Instrumentation
Matt Maher Composer
Ed Cash Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Will Hunt Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Louie Giglio Composer, Executive Producer
Chris Tomlin Composer
Seth James Composer
David Crowder Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Jason Ingram Composer
Brad O'Donnell Executive Producer
Tom Tapley Engineer
Shelley Giglio Executive Producer, Art Direction
Steve Littleton Composer
Ben Glover Composer, Programming
Christopher Stevens Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Solomon Olds Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Gabe Scott Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Chris Llewellyn Composer
Hank Bentley Composer
Leighton Ching Art Direction
Jared Fox Producer, Engineer
Gareth Gilkeson Composer
Mike McCloskey Art Direction
Christian Paschall Programming, Producer, Engineer
Seth Philpott Composer
Becca Wildsmith Art Direction
Tommy Carnes Engineer, Guitar Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    Love it!

    I've always loved David Crowder, but this is his best yet! Love the acoustic, unplugged sound. Duet with Emmy Lou Harris is a treat!

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