Crowder: American Prodigal

On his second album after abandoning the “David Crowder Band” identity, Crowder shows again the thrilling eclecticism that’s long been his trademark. Every song features its own sound palette. Sparse electric piano, banjo, and heavily distorted blues stompers coexist with guest turns from rappers Kevin “KB” Burgess and Tedashii. Full gospel number “All My Hope” gives way to the “We Will Rock You” style-anthem “Shouting Grounds.” Crowder’s lyrics show how songs can explicitly discuss sin and redemption in Christ without becoming trite. An album like this rewards complete listening, not just piecemeal singles. Anyone who equates worship with snoring, or rock music with vague spirituality, can find their refutation right here.

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