<%image(20051102-Davidcrowder.jpg|99|99|crowder)%> While not quite at the level of “blind follower,” I would have to admit that I am a pretty big fan of The David Crowder Band. I was first introduced to them with the CD, Can You Hear Us?. It had a lot of joy and energy, but not the substance that I was looking for. They followed it up with Illuminate that was an incredible collection of worship songs that possessed fathom upon fathom of lyrical depth set up to some catchy tunes. Oh, but the band’s latest offering, A Collision, has surpassed their previous works by once again possessing their best qualities, and then adding some wonderful new twists.

Through a progression of interludes, meditation, celebration, dabblings in blue grass, smatterings of numbers, weaving of images, and inclusion of a flat out hysterical phone interview, DCB takes you on a musical journey of worship and celebration.

What I have liked about Crowder’s music is that he goes beyond the rearranging of holy words that most Christian suffers from. You know what I mean. As long as I say, “Holy, worship, bow, love, and Jesus” somewhere in the song it’s a winner. Crowder does not fall prey to such lyrical limitation. Here’s a sample of one song “forever and ever”:

I think I’m on the brink of something large
Maybe like the breaking of a dawn
Or maybe like a match being lit
Or the sinking of a ship
Letting go gives a better grip

When was the last time that a Christian artist compared loving God with the sinking of a ship? Whether or not you like the image, you have to appreciate the way that Crowder goes out on a limb and draws in a rich collection of images and familiar scenes. He’s not satisfied with saying that God is holy. He shows you what it feels like to worship a holy God.

Another thing to like about DCB is their interactive web site that gives you the explanation behind the album and each song. In addition to that, they provide chord tabs, the very thing that every single worship leader should do. Even if the recording companies are controlled by greed, money, and power-lust, it’s refreshing to see these artists making as much of their work available for use by the church. It shows that they have their heads and hearts in the right place.

A Collision is probably the only CD that I MUST listen to from end to end. It begins with so much energy and then provides a suitable pace to experience each song, providing quiet interludes throughout the CD. You can tell that a great amount of thought went into the ordering of the songs and even with how much silence to include. The silence is just as important as the loudest song. As an appropriate climax to the CD, Crowder includes a live recording of the Blue Grass hymn, “I Saw the Light.” They apparently practiced for hours on end to master the steady flow of sixteenth notes! It is one of my favorite songs on the album and the story about this recording is well worth reading on their web site.

Would I recommend purchasing this CD? You bet. But if you latest pick up was “Worship Again” by Smitty, you may want to give DCB a listen at your local store first. If you don’t know who “Smitty” is, then I guarantee you’ll like this CD.

For those of you who have heard this CD, I was wondering if you’ve figured out who the lark is . . .