After a successful season of seven albums with the David Crowder* Band, that chapter eventually came to a close. Now, David Crowder has stepped out solo by beginning Crowder under the bright debut, Neon Steeple. David Crowder has been known for his eclectic sounds and the excellent craft of being able to orchestrate music and lyrics that are like no other. It can be said that Neon Steeple is no exception to that statement. Neon Steeple chimes out a sound that could be labeled as synth-pop country, but still maintaining a presence of worship and praise.
The album kicks off with Neon Intro. Following that is an ebb and flow of upbeat and slow tracks. The first several tracks are country influenced, vocally and musically; yet, they have a distinct synth-pop flavor. Those tracks include My Beloved (“My Beloved bring me awake/Take me up to your resurrection place/My Beloved bring me awake/Because I want to feel Your light on my face/There’s a sun coming up in my soul/I see the light/I see the light”); I Am (“There’s no space that His love can’t reach/There’s no place where we can’t find peace…Take me in with Your arms spread wide/Take me in like an orphan child…I am holding onto You/I am holding onto You/In the middle of the storm/I am holding on/I am”; and Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) (“If you’re lost and wandering/Come stumbling in like a prodigal child/See the walls start crumbling and the gates of heaven open wide”).
The other tracks are a mix of hymn-like music and a few synth driven songs. My Sweet Lord (“Let Your love shine down on me/Oh and these words that I pray/I need my sweet Lord’s help today”); This I Know (“Take me up to where I was/Where I never wanted more but You/Lift me up to feel Your touch/It wouldn’t be that much for You/This I know…”); Ain’t No Grave (“I will rise/Troubles come for everyone/Death has no respect for love/Roll that stone I won't be found/Ain’t no grave gonna hold me down”); and Come Alive (“We have tasted and seen the never-ending grace of the King/Where the broken and the least of the least come alive”).
The lyrics that Crowder sings on Neon Steeple feels like a Sunday morning that is translated to music and lays out the application that we should live out each day. It takes all of the depth of God’s truth and presents them simply and well in three to five minutes. Every bit of this project is designed with beautiful artistry and fine detail. The music, the melodies, and the lyrics reveal this, as well as the way that a person of any age can pick up this album and find a song that they will like. This album contains songs that would be considered among those songs that are timeless. Neon Steeple shines brightly as one of the best albums of 2014.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: Folk / Worship
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes
Neon Intro (0:35)
My Beloved (4:25)
I Am (4:07)
Come Alive (3:15)
Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) (3:45)
Come As You Are (4:50)
Hands Of Love (5:09)
Jesus Is Calling (2:06)
My Sweet Lord (4:03)
This I Know (4:05)
Ain't No Grave (3:43)
You Are (3:32)
Here's My Heart (6:58)
Steeple Outro (1:27)
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