Light Up The World is the fifth album from the Desperation Band and the first studio recorded album at New Life Church. Filled with passionate songs birthed in the furnace of worship, prayer and intercession, Desperation Band’s first studio album is a powerful experience calling the body of Christ to mercy and justice. Light Up The World is a fresh new sound of worship from the Desperation Movement through which thousands of students have taken the Desperation Vow to wholeheartedly follow God. In a special partnership with Heartwork Uganda, this album is dedicated to being a source of mission preparation and funding for the building of orphanages in Uganda.
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Desperation Band [Light Up The World]| Posted September 22, 2009 [MAIN REVIEW]
“Light Up The World” is the fifth album from the Desperation Band, writers of “I Am Free”, “Rescue”, “My Savior Lives” and “Counting On God”. Their songs have been covered by Newsboys, Newsong and Phillips, Craig & Dean. The band is formerly made up of Jared Anderson, Jon Egan and Glenn Packiam. This album is a solo project by Jon Egan since Jared and Glenn were working on their own solo projects. It is the first studio recorded album at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. All three are associate worship pastors at the church, serving under senior pastor, Ross Parsley.
Filled with passionate songs birthed in the furnace of worship, prayer and intercession, Desperation Band’s first studio album is a powerful experience calling the body of Christ to mercy and justice. “Light Up The World” is a fresh new sound of worship from the Desperation Movement through which thousands of students have taken the Desperation Vow to wholeheartedly follow God. In a special partnership with Heartwork Uganda, this album is dedicated to being a source of mission preparation and funding for the building of orphanages in Uganda.
The album opens with an instrumental introduction “You Started It All” which leads to “You Hold It All”. I’ve been collecting Desperation Band since “From The Rooftops” which features “I Am Free”, so it took me awhile to get used to the studio recordings compared to the energy from past live recordings. Hillsong United released a similar collection called “All Of The Above” which were also studio recordings. There is a connection between the songs as there are more instrumental tracks, “Dawn Till Dusk” between “God Be Praised” and “Highest Place” and “The Morning” between “Joy Will Come” and title track “Light Up The World”.
There is an ambient feel to most of the songs similar to “The Hope That Lies In You” by The Glorious Unseen, one of my top albums of the year. For me the highlights are “You Hold It All”, “Be The Change”, “Solid Rock”, “Highest Place” and “Light Up The World”. They all have strong messages and catchy melodies. There are several reflective songs including “God Be Praised”, “Holy Ground” and “Angel Song”. There are two songs, “Joy Will Come” and “Highest Place” which feature a female vocalist that reminded me of Brooke (Fraser) Ligertwood singing “Soon” with Hillsong United.
If you like ambient worship like The Glorious Unseen and the softer songs by Hillsong United, then you should like the standout songs of “Light Up The World” by Desperation Band, especially “You Hold It All” and “Highest Place” which I can imagine singing with fellow believers.
Genuine work| Posted March 08, 2014
I am not a huge listener of worship music outside of church, but since I heard they would be the Dare2share artist this year, I decided to get more familiar with the band.
I listened to this album and I can say I enjoyed it. The music seemed solid and the lyrics felt real, like something I could feel myself worshipping to.
I do feel that the lead singer can be a bit awkward at times, distracting from the song itself.
Even though a few songs are a bit long for my taste (only two are under four minutes), I didn't feel like they dragged on. The music really filled in the gaps and kept the vibe alive.
I didn't break down and cry for any part of the album so far, but it is moving.
Hopefully they bring a tad more energy live.
Solid But I Don't Know...| Posted September 28, 2010
I have enjoyed Desperation Band as long as I have listened to Christian Music and these guys have been a huge impact in my life. They had been leading worship as I gave my life to Christ, so they have helped lead me to a close relationship with God. They are one of my favorite worship bands and one that I think still pushes the envelope creatively, musically, and with vocals.
Now for those of you who have never heard of this band, ever heard of "I Am Free"? Well chances are you have and that was written by this band and has numerous other great songs like that. Now this band use to have 3 lead worship leaders who all sang but since they went off to do their own solo-projects, Jon Egan is the one member left heading the band. This is also the first album Desperation has had studio recorded compared to their past 4 albums that have been recorded live.
Now this album has some amazing songs and some new favorites by Desperation. The album starts off with Desperation's typical upbeat sound with an instrumental and then jumps into "You Hold It All" and keeps that sound with the upbeat " Be The Change" which focused a lot on some electronic effects which gave the song a cool feel. Next is one of my favorites "Solid Rock" which has some great lyrics and some cool guitar playing throughout. The next song leads you into a true state of worship with "God be Praised" this is a great declaration and just one amazing song. This is one you will be singing over and over. And with the few instrumentals on the album the one that follows this song keeps you in that worship state and leads you right into the next worshipful song. "Highest Place" is one of the two songs that features female lead vocals(Bekah) which is a nice change instead of having Jon singing the whole album. This is a beautiful song. "Great God" and "Joy Will Come" carry on the worshipful mood and are two decent worship songs, not the best on the album but not bad. "Joy Will Come" features a duet with Bekah and Jon which is pretty cool, and another instrumental follows. I don't think this one was pulled off as well as the previous one, it is a little long and not as intriguing musically. But it leads up to the title track which is in my opinion one great song. This offers some of the best lyrically writing from Jon and how we should be lighting up the world as followers of Christ. It is absolutely amazing. Jon always writes some powerful title tracks for all the Desperation albums and this song is no exception. Following this great experience is a cover of "Mercy Is Falling" except this song is revved up in tempo and is a very electric focused song. Besides a few odd vocal effects this is a very great cover and a great one to rock too. Afterwards is another highlight on the album "Burning Tree" I love the lyrics and the vocals on this one, along with the beautiful musical backdrop. Last is "Angel Song" which is a decent song but its a pretty long album closer and not as strong as the three previous songs, making the closing not as strong, but still wraps up a pretty decent album.
Now while this is a great worship album and I really have enjoyed it, this is not one of Desperation Band's better releases. I don't know if its because previous members Glenn and Jared weren't on the album to lend their vocal talents, as the 3 guys usually switched around who lead what songs. Which that always kept the albums fresh and gave it good variety, which is lacking on this album. As well as without the album being live, I don't feel the energy that usually comes with a Desperation Band album. While I don't think the album is boring,since it is very worshipful and reflective, it just doesn't seem as energetic and passionate as past albums. Non the less this is still one of the best worship bands around today and they offer up another solid record. Recommend if you like passionate vocals, great music, and a band that truly leads you to a place of worship with God.
Nothing Short of Revelatory| Posted September 09, 2009
Desperation Band heralds from Colorado's New Life Church. With multiple live recordings behind them, and a relatively avid fan base, the band now releases "Light Up The World", a studio project that is superb! This is my first listen to Desperation so forgive me if I seem a little ignorant of past works. While I would be completely ignorant to overlook the very stark allusions to Hillsong United, I would like to, for the sake of giving a fair review. The album includes 14 songs that can be heard on regular CD players, 2 MP3 files, and a Video when inserted into a computer.
The album kicks off with an instrumental track that really sets the mood for what is to come impeccably! the album continues with justice themed anthems, "You Hold It All" and "Be The Change". As a matter of fact, the entire album centers on the theme of Global justice, both local and across nations. No doubt this theme is inspired by the terrible tragedy that occurred at the church nearly 2 years ago. The rest of the album is a mixed bag of up tempo anthems and slow prayerful ballads. All executed superbly!
The sound of this album is amazing, and expectantly so considering its a studio recording. Every wail of a guitar, rumble of a bass, and beep of a synth is distinguishable and layered perfectly. Vocals shine from both male and female worship leaders, and the lyrics are rousing in places and contemplative in others. I can not say enough good about this album.
This band is sure to give label mates, Gateway Worship, Hillsong United, and Klaus a major run for their money! This is the must have surprise of the Summer! Truly a must own!