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CD Review: Dustin Rogers – Consider The Gospel

December 18, 2010 By: Aaron Category: CD Reviews, Dustin Rogers, SG Artists, SG Music

Rating: 4 stars

Producers: Dustin Rogers, Keith Rogers, Derek Rogers
Label: Independent Release
Website: www.dustinrogersmusic.com

Track list: Consider The Gospel; Little Maria; He’s Been There; Lord, Pierce My Heart; I Still Miss You; Handing My Life To You; That Kid; I Worship You; Just A Word; Open My Eyes

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Every once in a while, I’ll receive a project to review that is from an artist that may never rise to the ranks of national renown, but they produce a body of work which has a quality on-par with those groups and people that have that privilege. Such is the case with this album from Dustin Rogers, a pastor in Nebraska. According to a short bio on his website, Rogers has been playing guitar and writing music since his college days. This collection of songs he has written over the years is his debut recording project.

OnĀ Consider The Gospel, the listener who is looking for fully orchestrated tracks and a heavy sound will be disappointed. The music on this project is more on the “scaled-back” side, with most of the instrumentation being centered around the acoustic guitar (played by Rogers), often supplemented with piano, bass guitar, and on some tracks, a fiddle or kick drum. This approach to the music allows the songs to speak clearly and for themselves rather than being buried behind big production. Since Rogers probably wrote and arranged most of these pieces primarily on the guitar, the stripped-down sound gives them a more personal feel as well.

The songs range from Gospel songs to folk songs with a Christian message. The title track starts off with two verses of the hymn “Man of Sorrows” before segueing into a song in which the singer ponders how powerful the impact of the Gospel story is. From there, the album covers the adoption of a Romanian girl living in poverty (“Little Maria), dealing with the loss of a loved one, but living with the hope that they are in Heaven (“I Still Miss You,”), a sobering narrative on a “problem” child (“That Kid,”), and a story about how just the simple act of striking up a conversation with a stranger ended up being an encouragement to both the stranger and the conversation starter. Most of those songs were written from personal experiences in Rogers’ life (many of which are told on his website), and it gives each a quality that any listener can relate to. The rest of the tracks are songs of worship that, like the other songs, have a very real, accessible feel.

Final thoughts: When I heard that this was a debut project, and that it was a collection of songs all written and arranged by the person doing the singing, I almost groaned. Most of the time, the trouble with these kinds of albums is that they fall into the trap of producing a bunch of songs that all sound so similar that it becomes bland and monotonous. Not so with Consider The Gospel. Rogers has managed to avoid that, and instead wrote songs that stand on their own two feet. Each one, like I mentioned earlier, has a message we can all relate to, and the lyrics are often thought-provoking. It is always refreshing to hear songs that can appeal to everyone, not just a selective audience.

Bottom line: For a songwriting and recording debut, Consider The Gospel is a fine piece of work.