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Light Up the World (Deluxe Version)

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

Joy will Come

Our church, First Presbyterian Church if Orlando, did this song last Sunday in service and it was beautiful. They used various scriptures about Joy in Christ on the overhead screen. Absolutely stunning performance..not all praise and worship music needs to be stand up and clap your hands music.
This is a song of hope, I much prefer this over the previous 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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