David Crowder*Band – Oh For Joy (Review)

David Crowder*Band – Oh For Joy (Review)

Sparrow/Six Steps

Released October 4th 2011

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

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If you listen to Christmas album after Christmas album you’ll be sure to think that you’ve heard it all pretty quickly.  Artists and bands typically choose from the same twenty songs or so to fill up their track lists (a few are adventurous and write their own song) and generally either sing them true to the nature of the classic or they’ll convert it to their own little flavor.  Then there’s David Crowder*Band.

The band that is nearing the end of their tenure decided not only to do a Christmas EP, Oh For Joy, before they finished, decided not to take the task lightly.  Instead, Oh For Joy is a live recording that plays fast and loose with the rules and goes all over the map when it comes to Christmas songs.  The craziest track has to be “Go, Tell It On The Mountain”, a song that makes you want to yell out yee-haw! at a Christmas eve service.  So there’s fun tracks that show off a little country spirit to the Christmas season, but there’s also the deeply crafty meditative songs like O Holy Night that display the thorough work they put into Oh For Joy.

Although I think that there are parts of David Crowder*Band that are required tastes, especially the vocals, it is hard not to appreciate the effort put into Oh For Joy and the high quality of musicianship involved here.  This is not a Christmas EP to take lightly, even if the songs call for it at times, as it is an artistic piece that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Score: 4/5

Track List:

  1. Joy To The World
  2. The First Noel
  3. Go, Tell It On The Mountain
  4. Angels We Have Heard On High
  5. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  6. O Holy Night
  7. Silent Night
  8. Carol of the Bells / Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)

About Tyler Hess

Tyler Hess has been running Christian Music Zine since he created the site in 2008. His favorite bands are Relient K, Bleach, Emery, House of Heroes, The Classic Crime, Children 18:3 and Anberlin. Twitter = @tylerscotthess More Posts

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