Illuminate (David Crowder Band album)

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Studio album by David Crowder Band
Released September 16, 2003
Genre Christian rock, worship
Length 56:36
Label sixsteps
Producer David Crowder Band, Charlie Peacock, Mitch Watkins, Zach Lind
David Crowder Band chronology
Can You Hear Us?
(2003)Can You Hear Us?2003
The Lime CD
(2004)The Lime CD2004

Illuminate is the second studio album and fourth album overall by David Crowder Band recorded for sixstepsrecords, released in September 2003.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
CCM Magazine B[2]
Christianity Today 3.5/5 stars[3]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 squares[4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[5]
The Phantom Tollbooth 4/5 stars[6]

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."[2] Tom Lennie of Cross Rhythms gave the album a perfect ten squares noting the "rare combination of passion and sensitivity."[4] 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."[5] 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.[1] 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]

Track listing[edit]

Album release
No. Title Length
1. "Sparks Fly" 0:18
2. "Revolutionary Love" 3:59
3. "O Praise Him (All This for a King)" 5:48
4. "Skies Interlude" 0:28
5. "Open Skies" 3:59
6. "Intoxicating" 7:30
7. "How Great" 4:03
8. "No One Like You" 3:53
9. "Reprise" 0:48
10. "All Creatures #2" 5:16
11. "Only You" 4:02
12. "Deliver Me" 4:42
13. "Coming Toward" 2:14
14. "Heaven Came Down" 4:14
15. "Glorious Day" 0:28
16. "Stars" 4:41
Total length: 56:25


Adapted from liner notes:

  • David Crowder – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Jack Parker – electric guitar, key, backing vocals
  • Jason Soley – electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Mike Dodson – bass, electric guitar
  • Mike Hogan – violin, turn-tables
  • B-Wack – drums, percussion, programming

Producer Zach Lind, the drummer of the band Jimmy Eat World, also plays the drums on select tracks.

Chart Positions[7][edit]

Chart (2007-2008) Peak
Billboard 200 84
Billboard Hot Christian Albums 3


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Jared (September 16, 2003). "Illuminate - David Crowder Band". Allmusic. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b MacIntosh, Dan (November 1, 2003). "In Review: David Crowder Band: Illuminate (sixsteps/Sparrow)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. Salem Publishing. p. 50. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Breimeier, Russ (September 16, 2003). "David Crowder Band: Illuminate". Christianity Today. Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Lennie, Tom (March 1, 2004). "Review: Illuminate - David Crowder Band". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b DiBiase, John (September 15, 2003). "David Crowder*Band, "Illuminate" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Mathews, Kevin (December 6, 2003). "A Review of The Phantom Tollbooth". The Phantom Tollbooth. 
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