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Music Reviews David Crowder* Band - All this for a King: The Essential Collection

Published on July 4th, 2013 | by 12views


David Crowder* Band – All This For A King

If you haven’t come across the David Crowder* Band over the past decade you must have been living in a cave somewhere. The David Crowder* Band have arguably been the most dominant force in redefining Contemporary Christian Music since the first string was placed on a guitar.

The band came out of a church plant in Waco, Texas, after the realisation that half the students at the local Christian university weren’t attending a church. Crowder wrote songs to use during the worship times, and the rest, as they say, is history. The church remained central to the band throughout – even whilst touring they made an effort to get back and lead worship on Sundays. After 15 years the group announced in 2012 that they would be calling it a day.

Describing the David Crowder* Band sound is all but impossible. A solid core of worship, rock, pop, occasional electric elements and there’s even space for some bluegrass! Lyrically and thematically the David Crowder* Band never got put into a corner, tackling themes of life & death, worship & sushi, and even covering classic hymns.

All This For A King: The Essential Collection features 10 classic David Crowder* Band tracks, as well as three remixes and a new track from Crowder (David Crowder’s new solo project). The re-mixes by Family Force 5 and Capital Kings are as expected on a collection like this, solid floor-filling thumping beats with The Digital Age cover of No One Like being an interesting deconstruction.

There is only one downside to this album and that this collection cannot bring justice to the diversity and musical wonder that DC*B has brought over the past 15 years. Albums such as A Collision and Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]) are best listened to in full and picking out individual songs is hard when they are best presented as part of the whole.

This is a great collection, and if you have never come across the David Crowder* Band, an essential buy. Pop this through your ear buds and you’ll be introduced to the beard-sporting, eclectic and inspirational band, who created worship music that shaped a generation. It’s as fresh and powerful as the first time around.

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12views is an award winning amateur photographer who lives in the North of England, has a full time job, and recently finished a degree in media psychology, childhood fiction and creative writing.

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