Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]) – Purchase on Amazonmp3 / iTunes
Released January 10 2012
Reviewed By Tyler Hess
It comes down to this. After a lengthy and well renowned career, David Crowder*Band is releasing their final album, Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]), then calling it a day as a band. A band as diverse and technical as David Crowder*Band wouldn’t simply fade into obscurity, but rather go out with a bang, producing this 34 track mega-album that will have listeners clamoring for more.
The album begins with an introduction to this big production of an album that doubles (as the title indicates) for a Requiem Mass titled “Requiem Aeternam Dona Eis, Domine”, before one of the surprisingly few full songs on the first disc with “Oh Great God, Give Us Rest”.
You may have wondered how there were so many tracks on here and the answer is actually quite simple, as many of the songs are short intros, outros, interludes and whatever other term you might come up with for an instrumental transition. Such is the case for the third track “Lux Aeternam Shine”, before another big worship song in “Come Find Me”.
Synthesizers crescendo us through “God Have Mercy (Kyrie Eleison)” before they break down into a Johnny Cash like acoustic folk song named “Why Me?” The diversity continues with the pop rock anthem “Fall On Your Knees” before a rain soaked funeral message is given on “A Burial”.
“Let Me Feel You Shine” might be the biggest congregational worship song from the album before we transition into a heavy dose of instrumental songs on the latter part of this disc, beginning with “Reprise #1″. But then again there is the circus-like festival that can be heard in “Blessedness of Everlasting”, followed by instrumental interludes “The Sound Of Light” and the aptly titled “Interlude”.
If this is surprising or not I do not know, but Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]) has quite an eerie feel to it overall, such as can be found in the choral chant that concludes “Sequence 1″ and begins “Sequence 2″. “Sequence 3″ is the fifth straight instrumental track before “Sequence 4″ gives a bit of a whimsical worship song before “Sequence 5″ pounds it out with a faster tempo, which is then counteracted by another stripped down acoustic song on “Sequence 6″ and the worship anthem of “Sequence 7″ where Crowder is begging for mercy as Disc 1 concludes.
Disc 2 of this epic track list begins with “Reprise #2″, as a static can be heard in the background getting louder before a banjo breaks out into “Oh My God” for a more joyous chapter in the story told by the band on this album. With all the death and despair found on the first disc, it is quite refreshing to hear some upbeat songs looking forward to life like on “I Am A Seed”.
“After All (Holy)” is a big time worship song that draws us into the heavenly scene like John might have seen in the book of Revelation, followed by a building amen chant found on “The Great Amen”. Then there’s a call for peace on Earth on “There Is A Sound” before “Oh, Great Love Of God” blasts out another pop driven worship song.
As has been common throughout this legendary track list, “Our Communion” breaks up any chance at monotony by calming things down with an acoustic performance for half a song before building things back up with a heavy use of the banjo (that is much more prevalent on this half of the album). “Sometimes” has a soft atmospheric tone that focuses heavily on Crowder’s voice leading us in worship to tell God that “we’re lost in You”.
We’re getting close to the end with more songs of looking to Heaven with “A Return” and the acoustic folk song “Oh, My God I’m Coming Home” while the sound of a car trip being heard faintly in the background. “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms (Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus)” is a sweet call back to the treasured hymns of old as is “Jesus, Lead Me To Your Healing Waters”. “Because He Lives” is how David Crowder*Band has chosen to close out their career as a group and it can be said that they went out strong.
It is sad to see one of the most popular bands of our readership go to greener pastures, but at least they went out without holding anything back, putting an exclamation mark on their career with Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys])! This may not be my favorite genre of all time, but the talent, skill, dedication and hard work put into this album is surely going to be making a lot of people feel bittersweet about it all, celebrating one final masterpiece while saying goodbye to a beloved band.
- Requiem Aeternam Dona Eis, Domine
- Oh Great God, Give Us Rest
- Lux Aeternam Shine
- Come Find Me
- God Have Mercy (Kyrie Eleison)
- Why Me?
- Fall On Your Knees
- A Burial
- Let Me Feel You Shine
- Reprise #1
- Blessedness of Everlasting Light
- The Sound of Light
- Sequence 1
- Sequence 2
- Sequence 3
- Sequence 4
- Sequence 5
- Sequence 6
- Sequence 7
- Reprise #2
- Oh My God
- I Am a Seed
- After All (Holy)
- The Great Amen
- There Is a Sound
- Oh, Great Love of God
- Our Communion
- A Return
- Oh, My God I’m Coming Home
- Leaning On the Everlasting Arms / ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (Medley)
- Jesus, Lead Me to Your Healing Waters
- Because He Lives