Give Us Rest Or (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys])
With this epochal 34-track set, David Crowder Band says farewell. It's a final statement of Christian devotion from one of worship music’s most innovative acts. Crowder and his bandmates pull out all the stops and touch on a dazzling array of sounds and styles, all in the service of praising God’s redemptive majesty. The stirring piano chords of “Oh Great God, Give Us Rest” build anticipation for such galloping, joyful numbers as “Come Find Me” and “Lord Have Mercy.” The triumphant arena-rock dynamics of “Let Me Feel You Shine” are balanced by stark acoustic-centered tracks like “Oh, My God I’m Coming Home.” The songs from “Sequence 1” through “Sequence 7” make an especially stunning tour de force that runs from gothic choirs through folk interludes and industrial rock explosions. Banjos, fiddles, and mandolins give songs like “Oh My God,” “I Am a Seed,” and “Jesus, Lead Me to Your Healing Waters” jolts of bluegrass energy and old-time gospel passion. The album’s breathtaking musical ambition drives home a timeless message of reverence and rebirth, delivered with humility and abandon.