Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"Of all Christian rock acts, David Crowder*Band is the biggest risk taker, and the most successful. Mr. Crowder is a band geek with a mischievous streak, and it makes his band’s music and concerts among the most invigorating in that world. Not much of that personality is on display on this group’s first holiday album, “Oh for Joy,” which is among its most conventional releases. But there are moments of curiosity and whimsy: the energetic bluegrass on “Angels We Have Heard on High,” or the U2 ambience of “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.” More notable, though, is the genuine agony in Mr. Crowder’s voice on “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” — for whatever reason, he’s not playing around." -The New York Times
Personnel: David Crowder (vocals, acoustic guitar, programming); Jack Parker (electric guitar, banjo, Fender Rhodes piano, programming, background vocals); Mark Waldrop (electric guitar, glockenspiel, programming, background vocals); Mike Hogan (violin, programming); B-Wack (drums, programming).
Audio Mixer: Shane D. Wilson.
Photographer: Reid Rolls.
Oh for Joy, the first holiday album from the Dove Award-winning David Crowder Band, doesn't take any chances when it comes to material, but hearing Christmas mainstays like "Joy to the World," "The First Noel," "Silent Night," and "Angels We Have Heard on High" filtered through the Texas-based CCM outfit's winning blend of ambient gospel and ethereal electro-pop makes for a memorable listen. At a mere eight tracks, Oh for Joy feels a little more like an EP than a full-length modern yuletide offering, but the band approaches the familiar melodies with enough spirit and genuine creativity to make each moment count. ~ James Christopher Monger