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Light Up the World

Desperation Band

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Album Review

Colorado-based alternative CCM outfit Desperation Band's Light Up the World features 14 immaculately crafted, U2-inspired stadium jams affixed to a straight-up, faith-based foundation. Led by Jon Egan, a worship pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Light Up the World was inspired by the church's student-driven "Heartwork" project, which was designed to provide homes for orphans in the poorest regions of Africa. While the songs suffer lyrically from the dogmatic limitations of the praise & worship genre, the music soars miles above the usual neutered mix of mid-'90s alternative rock and cookie cutter teen pop by blending the chilly landscapes of electronic acts like M83 with the predictable, but engaging melodic scope of Coldplay — someone in the band listens to a lot of Sigur Rós, as instrumental tracks like "You Started It All" and "Dawn Till Dusk" just beg for a laser light show. The message may be heavy, but the music is transcendent.

Customer Reviews

A long way from "Ready Now"

Predictably hill-songy. Most of the songs start out the same way, tired swell loops into low energy songs. Words of hope...yes. Words of love and grace, yes. This isn't in the same ball park as past works. Expected more. Disappointed.

Stepping Forward

This is a really great album! It truly combines the worship heart that we have come to know from the Desperation Band live CD's, with the creativity of a studio album. The music is great, the message is clear, and it sounds great too!

I really think people will love listening, and I feel like these songs could be used in churches everywhere! A great new approach for Desperation Band, truly their best!

Simply Amazing

Desperation Band has done it again. They are filled with love and a passion for God that is amazing. Whenever I hear their songs I feel so blessed and compelled to be a better Christian. Desperation Band has helped to bring many people to God and I could not be more pleased with an album. Anyone into wonderful Christian music with great beats and most importantly the WORLDS greatest message should buy this album.


Formed: 2001 in Colorado Springs, CO

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Alternative CCM outfit Desperation Band grew out of a 2001 Christian student ministry conference held by the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Taking an alt-rock, U2-like stadium approach to praise & worship themes, the band was originally centered around three praise & worship songwriters, Jon Egan, Jared Anderson, and Glenn Pakiam, all of whom already had successful musical careers going and were well established in the CCM community. While sticking to praise & worship...
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