It all started with a book from the early 60?s acquired by David Crowders wife from an antique shop in downtown Chicago. That, and a conversation with a very intelligent acquaintance of him who is currently finishing his PhD work in superstring theory, and what happened to mention in very whimsical tone of sunny Texas that they were and he quote, ??walking around in the sky?? He said this while pointing to nothing particular ?? you see, there is ground and there is sky and we are somewhere in between. We?re walking around in it. Our feet are on the ground but?? ? wait. David gets ahead of himself. Like he said, it started with a book: ?The Story of Atomic Energy??
That?s how the introduction text is written by David Crowder who is one of the coolest artists walking around on earth these days. And on the Christian-scene he and his band are without any doubts one of the most shining stars together with Switchfoot and a FEW others. This, their third album is more or less a complete masterpiece and will end up VERY high on my toplist over 2005 years best album. It?s such an intelligent, melodic, well produced, well performed and joy filled album that I just can bow to the guys and shout out a big freekin? B R A V O to them. Or help me folks and we unison scream BRAVO to them cause they?re worth every decibel of it.
The album is a story all through (remember the introduction text) taking you to killer modern rocktunes via small one minute long preludes, interludes, samples from a japaneese livealbum with a guy called Ralph Stanley from 1971, via a folk hymn from 1616 to a cool hillbilly-tune from 1948 (where David sings the lead) and all tones of other cool stuff. But don?t be afraid, all these stuff are in perfect harmonies with the normal songs and everything gets into another in a perfect meal. Just listen to songs like ?A Beautiful Collision?? I?m completely stunned. There you have what modern rock is all about. Just listen to the refrain in ?Here Is Our King? and ?Do Not Move?. Just listen to the softer ?Come Awake? and ?Oh God Where Are You Now?? Just listen to the bombastic orgasm in ?Our Happy Home? two minute into the song? Ehh.. What the heck? just listen to the whole album from the start instead.
This is the perfect combo between Angie Aparo, Switchfoot, Flickerstick, Deccatree and Vertical Horizon. This is what music 2005 is all about. This is the reason why a 38 year old man with two kids, a house and a lovely wife sits at 11 o clock at night with his headphones listening to music and deliver reviews to you. This sort of album with human fuel is the reason why THE MELODIC NET exists.