4 10 2007







DC*B’s new CD, Remedy, has me smitten. And now that I’ve listened to it sufficiently, I feel that I can at least attempt to describe it in words, which is really a difficult task in dealing with great art. I can talk about it until I’m blue in the face, but you really have to experience it for yourself to do it justice.

And to be certain, Remedy is great art.

Let me begin with what I don’t like about Remedy.

One, it’s only ten tracks. Now, ten tracks is pretty standard in most cases, but DC*B spoiled me with A Collision (which, by the way is the best Christian album of all time. Go ahead, try and think of a better one). True, many of the 20 tracks on Collision are simply interludes, but these interludes add to the listening experience. Remedy, when I compare it to the last CD, is a let-down in this regard: it just feels short-lived, even though it’s really not. But again, this is only a negative because I’ve been spoiled, and in reality, this critique is surface-level and unimportant. I’m just trying to find things I don’t like about the CD, which was difficult to do.

Two, there are a couple of tracks on the CD that are, in my opinion, average (average in Crowder terms, which is still pretty good). “We Won’t Be Quiet,” the song that Ted Nugent plays on, is quick, and in comparison with the rest of the CD I felt that the lyrics are a bit cliche. The melody seems jerky in the chorus. Even performed live at the CD release party, I didn’t enjoy this one as much. “Rain Down” is a re-release from an earlier CD, and I was kind of disappointed here, as well. “Can You Feel It?” feels like David Crowder Dance Party more than anything. I’m not sure that this is a negative, though. I’m still not quite sure what I think about this track.

But that’s about all I don’t like about it. There is much more to love!

The thing that strikes me the most about this CD is its call to action. Never have I encountered a worship CD that inspired me to get off my duff and actually take part in the service of God’s kingdom in the way that Remedy does. If A Collision was a masterpiece musically, then Remedy is a masterpiece lyrically. Usually when I listen to music, it takes me a few repetitions to really grasp the lyrics because I tend to pay more attention to the instrumental aspect of the song. Not this CD. I was immediately captured by what Crowder was saying.

Lyrically, the focus of the CD emphasizes God’s action, but more than this, it is a call to respond to God’s workings in our lives and in history. And the theme flows nicely, almost perfectly, from beginning to end, culminating in the final two tracks, “Remedy” and “Surely We Can Change.”

We begin with “The Glory of it All,” which proclaims the greatness of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

Oh the glory of it all is he came here
For the rescue of us all
That we may live…

Each song seems to have subtle hints at the movement of God’s work into the lives of his people. Crowder is really emphasizing all throughout the CD that God has worked, and he is now calling us to be his instruments in the world. “Can You Feel It” moves further in this direction as this song emphasizes that God surely resides in his people. This track is fun, and as I said above, has a dance party feel to it.

“Everything Glorious” is truly an outstanding song in every sense. It’s a great worship song, it’s catchy, and it emphasizes God’s glorious creation. Again, Crowder hints at our capability to do the work of God: “You make everything glorious, and I am yours… What does that make me?”

“Neverending” is reminiscent of “Forever and ever” off of the A Collision CD. Fun to listen to, and again, spiritually profound.

“Never Let Go” is the token slow song on the CD. It emphasizes God’s faithfulness, as you can see from the title.

“Oh for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” Crowder is far and away the best at reworking the old hymns of the faith and making them relevant today. He adds his own chorus to the Wesley hymn…

So come on and sing out
Let our anthem grow loud
There is one great love

“Rain Down” is really the one track that I was disappointed in. I’ve heard it before, and I wish they had put something new here. Nonetheless, it works well with the flow of the CD.

“We Won’t Be Quiet” has some great guitar and cool voice effects. As far as the flow of the CD goes, it works well as we move more clearly from God’s action to our response.

Clearly, to my mind, the last two tracks are the best. They absolutely blew me away the first time I heard them. “Remedy” and “Surely We Can Change,” in keeping with the theme of the album, celebrate God’s action through Christ and call his people to respond. We move in “Remedy” from God acting as the Remedy to the final words of the song, “Let us be the remedy.” And “Surely we can Change” is really a heartfelt prayer/poem/song that calls upon God to aid the hurting, the suffering, those who lack courage, etc, and finally asks his people to be the agent that brings the relief, the remedy, if you will. If God has acted through Christ, “Surely we can change something.” And the CD ends with a powerful repetition of hope…

Oh the world’s about to change
The whole world’s about to change
The whole world’s about to change
The whole world’s about to change
The whole world’s about to change

In short, if you haven’t already, buy this CD. Don’t burn it from someone else, please. It’s really a wonderful work of art. It leads me into worship every time I listen. Even more, it inspires me like no other CD I’ve ever heard to live out my faith. Over the past week, “Remedy” is the first thing I listen to in my car, and I am immediately made aware of the presence of God, and I am immediately exhorted to walk in the way of Christ.




One response

15 12 2007

very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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