Oh For Joy the David Crowder Band Make This A Hit!
Posted December 02, 2011
This May, dove award-winning David Crowder Band announced that they were breaking up and that their 6th album set to release on January 10th next year would be their last. However, it was announced a few months later, that before the release of their last album, on October 4th, they would release a Christmas album, entitled “Oh For Joy.” Now with this album out, fans will be blown away by their stunning versions of Christmas classics.
“Oh For Joy” opens with a rendition of “Joy To The World.” This version has a pounding drumbeat with a very nice bell effect. “The First Noel” follows and is more modernized as well, Crowder’s vocals really shine with this tune and B-Wack’s drums are great as well. “Go Tell It On The Mountain” is a pop song that is really nice with the addition of the line “It’s Christmas day.” I liked especially how the drums were suttle and the nice echo effects on the vocals and the guitars got to shine a little bit more on this song.
A bluegrass rendition of “Angels We Have Heard On High” follows. This song ranks best out of all the songs on this album. The contrast between David Crowder and a female guest vocalist of whose name I can not recall is stellar. “O Come O Come Emmanuel” has an amazing acoustic guitar line and I’m glad it starts out slow, becuase the timing of where the song is is perfect. The song then builds up and continues more upbeat.
The final three tracks are recorded live from the Passion Conference back in January 2011. The first of these is “O Holy Night,” and next to the Newsboys version, this is the best rendition of it I’ve ever heard. The song brings the drums and heavier instruments when they are needed most. “Silent Night” follows and starts out with a nice slow, acoustic feel, like you would expect from a rendition of the song, and then the song picks up into a bluegrass twang feel that contains the lines “It started out so quiet/ And then a light.” The album closes with a absolutely astounding version of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Carol of the Bells/ Christmas Sarajevo 12/24.” The song starts out with a little speech of David’s talking about how even though it’s January, the Catholic celebration of Christmas doesn’t end till January 6th, so it’s still alright to do Christmas songs. They then start the rockin masterpiece, and the song is followed exactly and sounds exactly like the original version, making this a perfect album closer.
“Oh For Joy” truly is a superb Christmas album. It’s nice how they can take a Christmas song and make it their own style. You’ll love having this one in your Christmas collection, and will probably have it your car stereo every Christmas after you get it!
Top 3 Songs:
Angels We Have Heard On High
Carol of the Bells/ Christmas Sarajevo 12/24
Joy to the World
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