Light Up the World

Light Up the World

Desperation Band

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.

Album Tracks

Song Title Length
The Morning (Soaking Session) [Instrumental Version] 4:46
Light Up the World 4:58
Mercy Is Falling 3:58
Burning Tree 7:33
Angel Song 8:22
You Started It All (Intro) 1:46
You Hold It All 4:55
Be the Change 4:36
Solid Rock 5:33
God Be Praised 6:50
Dawn Till Dusk (Soaking Session) 2:33
Highest Place 5:54
Great God 6:06
Joy Will Come 5:10

Desperation Band Albums

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