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on December 5, 2011
The David Crowder band is one of my favorite bands. They are one of the most musically and lyrically complex bands performing today. So of course I eagerly anticipated their Christmas CD. I'd heard a couple of their hymns creatively arranged in their live performances. When I saw the front cover, again I saw the sort of creative intrigue I've come to associate with the DC*B. Then I listened to the CD.
Make no mistake, this CD is well done musically. It isn't HOW the songs are performed that is the disappointment, it is WHAT songs they perform. I could hardly imagine a more pedestrian collection of tunes. On the positive side, at least there are no songs about Santa Claus or Jingle Bells. But the eight songs on this CD are among the tiny canon of songs that are performed ad nauseum annually. How many different versions of "Joy to the World" and "Silent Night" do we really need?
This is sad and frustrating on so many levels. There are SO many great Christmas songs through history that the same songs do not need to be endlessly recycled. I expect average Country artists to record the same songs, but I expected far more of DC*B. In their defense, I suspect they would say this CD just sort of happened as a result of playing songs around this season and throwing in an occasional carol. I know I enjoyed them when I heard them live. But to rate this a five star CD when it contains so little creativity is an insult to the rest of their CD's, which are all genuinely four and five star material.