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The Digital Age - Evening : Morning [Review]

The Digital Age - Evening : Morning [Review]

By Mathew Reames on August 14, 2013

When the David Crowder*Band announced that they were retiring, a part of me felt broke. They had been a staple in my worship life for a decade. Recently however, the band portion of David Crowder*Band came back under a new name: The Digital Age. The Digital Age continues the electronic rock feel of the David Crowder*Band while experimenting with new concepts. Their first album is titled, Evening:Morning.

This twelve track album has some great new songs as well as a few covers of familiar ones. They do fantastic covers of “All the Poor and Powerless”as well as “Break Every Chain”. Both of these songs are amazing, and the new arrangements might give them a fresh life in your church services.

The fourth track on the album is one I really enjoyed. “Your Name (We Shout)”is a solid driven song that will be great for praise services. The bridge especially grabbed me: “We cannot contain, not contain Your Glory. Heaven open wide, open wide. We are reaching out, we have found Your freedom. Heaven is alive, it’s alive.” This is definitely a song that can become an anthem of the Church to proclaim the name of Christ across the universe.

Another standout track on this album is “I Believe”. It is a simple proclamation of the gospel truth. The song itself is not complicated. Its lyrics are simple and singable, and the music behind it is easy to play and relies on a great building process to really get your energy excited. This is one that will fit in any church. The arrangement can be adjusted to fit almost any type of team, but the simplicity is so powerful you can’t help but love the song.

“Always You”is another excellent song. I love that even in the midst of calmer worship moments, The Digital Age manages to keep a strong intensity. Often when an album reaches its worship moments the music can almost become tame. This is not the case here. Whilst the tempo may slow, and the complexity of the lyrics might be lessened, the passion and the intensity are still as strong as the first praise moment on the album. This song is solely about Christ and how He fills us, dwells with us, and is the focus of our life. Its simple, but so powerful.

The album closes with “Morning Song”. This song incorporates an acoustic fingerpicked guitar along with the sound of birds chirping to create the simple ambiance of morning. It’s a simple song about the redemption of Christ. It is a fantastic way to close out the album.

One of the things that really captured me about this album is the tone of the guitar work. It was masterful in how each song allowed the guitars to fit in without overpowering the song itself. It definitely added to the overall feel of this album. This is a 4 star album without a doubt and is one that will be perfect for adaptation into your church services. If it’s not the songs themselves, then this fresh look at arrangement should help inspire you.

Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided by the record label or artist for review purposes. The iTunes widget above is a part of a third-party affiliate program.

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Mathew Reames

Mathew Reames

Mathew is a missionary and a worship leader serving the global body of Christ through worship training, biblical teaching, and evangelism. He resides in Lawrence, KS and Serves at Eagle Rock Church when not on the mission field.