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Crowder Takes Listeners on a Journey to the Neon Steeple

by Kim Jones   May 27, 2014 19:41 PM EDT

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Crowder - Neon Steeple
Once David Crowder Band retired, it was the end of an era. Today, a new era began as Crowder released his first solo project, Neon Steeple. For fans, it's a whole new Crowder world. Gone are the days of perfect church praise and worship as the new sound has elements of bluegrass, folk and electronica thrown liberally into the mix. So while yes, this is still worship, it's much more personal than corporate. If you're looking for something totally obtuse or very polished and polite, you'll be disappointed. But if you're looking for something new and fanciful, raw yet pure, you'll love it!

Crowder mixes styles with ease as only he can. Songs like "Hands Of Love" go from techno-dance to bluegrass and back and while you're confused as to how he pulled it off, you're lovin' it. For those longing for something more reminiscent of the old DCB sound, "Come Alive" fits the bill - almost. The pairing with Emmylou Harris on "My Sweet Lord" is pure folk magic. Listening to the two harmonize, you can almost see them sitting on a porch somewhere in the mountains, singing to the Lord himself. Then there are the lyrics ... the man can write a song that speaks to your heart, preaching a blue streak, while not sounding a bit preachy. A prime example is "Come As You Are." The peace of the music and vocals is only topped by the words he's singing.

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That Heaven can’t cure

Bottom line: This is Crowder 2.0. There is no other artist out there that could pull off an album so varied and still make it flow, yet for David Crowder, it's as easy as breathing.

GENRE: Folktronica
RECORD LABEL: sixsteprecords
RELEASE DATE: May 27, 2014
TRACKS: 14

Neon Steeple Track List:

  1. Neon Intro
  2. My Beloved
  3. I Am
  4. Come Alive
  5. Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)
  6. Come As You Are
  7. Hands Of Love
  8. Jesus Is Calling
  9. My Sweet Lord (f/ Emmylou Harris)
  10. This I Know
  11. Ain't No Grave
  12. You Are
  13. Here's My Heart
  14. Steeple Outro

STAND OUT TRACKS:

  • My Beloved
  • Come Alive
  • Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)

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