David Ash
Illuminate Album Review

David Crowder Band
Release Date: Sept 2003

This CD has been on my amazon wish list for a while, as I catch up with some of the releases made by David Crowder Band over the 16 years which they were active between 1996 - 2012. David Crowder Band have been one of my favourite rock & worship bands, they not only pushed the boundaries of their art but also accompanied this with profound lyrics which touch a chord and usher in the presence of God.

This album is full of classic tracks from this era, with a mix of updated classic hymns and new songs. Many of these songs seem very well known to me because the tracks appeared on later live albums.

I really enjoyed the intimacy of the songs and the sense of the Holy Spirit upon the tracks. The way they have captured some beautiful worship moments is wonderful!

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Critical Reception

Illuminate garnered critical acclaim from music critics. At CCM Magazine, Dan MacIntosh graded the album a B commenting that listeners will discover first and foremost the vulnerable vocalist in David Crowder, and then discover "ultimately it's the diversity of songs and creativity in arrangements that set Illuminate apart as a shining example of modern praise & worship."[1] Tom Lennie of Cross Rhythms gave the album a perfect ten squares noting the "rare combination of passion and sensitivity."[2] At Christianity Today, Russ Breimeier gave it a three-and-a-half stars affirming that "If the success of their last album is any indicator, Illuminate is bound to be a smash."[3]

At Jesus Freak Hideout, founder John DiBiase gave the album four stars highlighting that "Illuminate not only is an excellent worship record and one of the best in the genre released this year, but easily solidifies Crowder's position as one of the foremost leaders in modern worship music today."[4] Jared Johnson of Allmusic gave the album four-and-a-half stars alluding to how the "brilliant innovative sound" making the band ride "a sonic edge that is helping lead modern worship into new, uncharted territory" and that "There's too much in them begging to be heard" for them to stay quiet.[5] At The Phantom Tollbooth, Kevin Mathews noting that "As with Can You Hear Us?, Illuminate is an important milestone for God-centric rock music as it proves that worship music need not be bandwagonesque or impersonal or lacking in artistic depth."[6]