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Oh For Joy
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2011
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Iv'e pretty much listened to David Crowder Band since they started out, and it is about time they come out with a Christmas album. When I heard they were on their last tour as a band I almost cried (I have not yet seen them live as I lived in Spain until recently, thankfully I get to see them next sunday).
All the songs have a Christ centered message that just makes me want to worship God for his awesomeness. The musical quality is always top-notch. I love how they experiment with different sounds and instruments. I would say that they are the most creative band I listen to (both Christian and secular).
I especially loved Carol of the Bells. It is such a great song to start with, and I think that DCB did well making it their own.

Thank you for another amazing album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
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A long-time David Crowder fan, I've always loved his fun renditions of songs and his implementation of alternative instruments. I was incredibly excited for this album (and it shipped to me in one day, despite only paying for standard shipping!) and let me tell you - not disappointed at all.

A few highlights...

The album opens with Joy to the World, and a great rendition of it at that. The musical composition of the song is wonderful - it really is a joyous song. Crowder sticks to the original tunes of the songs, but the instrumental backgrounds are of the likes I have never heard from any other artist or Christmas album.

Angels We Have Heard on High has the Crowder bluegrass feel, much like you'd recognize from "I Saw the Light" off of A Collision (or 3+4=7). Such a fun rendition of a song normally done over and over by different artists that all sound more or less the same.

O Holy Night has the more traditional feel to it, but when I hear it and close my eyes, all I can feel is Christmas. It has a great buildup, too, and ends in a culmination of a very powerful, "O night divine; O night, o night divine!"

Silent Night is wonderful. The majority of the song is the live audience singing while Crowder leads instrumentally. It's soft, beautiful, and mysterious, echoing the awe and wonder of the birth of Christ.

Finally, Carol of the Bells is absolutely PHENOMENAL. Crowder talks for a minute or so in the beginning, and then the song breaks into an alternative, rock, instrument-only rendition of this classic. I can't explain it in words - I only advise you listen to a preview. This song alone is probably worth purchasing the entire album (although, I'd probably say that for each song on the record).

When I hear artists redoing other songs, I often think, "I hope you're doing it different or better, otherwise, you're probably wasting your time." I can with full confidence say that DCB has done Christmas classics both different and better than ever before.

This album is a MUST!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
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I find this album like many of this Band's previous works, creative, thoughtful, and a absolute joy to listen to.
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on January 21, 2015
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I love the music played by the David Crowder Band. I was familiar with their rendition of "Joy to the World" but hadn't heard the other songs. So, when I heard this album was available, I wanted it.

Since I use a download-limited, satellite dish for internet access, downloading the mp3 digital tracks was not an option. So, I opted for ordering the CD, and I'm glad I did as I can now take the CD with me when I travel.
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on February 10, 2014
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Buy this CD......it is amazing and just wonderful. The way DC can rearrange a song is mesmerizing. I recommend this to anyone who loves scan.
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on January 11, 2014
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Stayed true to the original music with the unmistakable Crowder touch added to each piece. Absolutely loved it and cover design is fantastic.
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on December 19, 2013
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I'm just now discovering this album. So far it seems to be an excellent effort by the DCB. One thing I've seen popping up in the comments is high praise for their rendition of "Carol of the Bells". The song is great, just be advised that DCB HAS NOT "made it their own". This version is just a remake of Trans Siberian Orchestra's (most) awesome version. I'm assuming the folks discovering this version aren't aware of TSO's work. Great album though!
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on December 4, 2013
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Still one of my favorite christmas albums. David crowder band does what they do best with the best christmas songs.
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on June 26, 2013
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I haven't listened to this yet because it is a Christmas CD...but I know I will love it...excellent service...fantastic product
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on December 27, 2012
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I could have bought a digital download version of this album, but the cover is so clever and funny that I couldn't resist owning the actual CD. There are several great Christmas songs on this, but the blue grass "Angels We Have Heard on High" is by far my favorite.
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