Dustin Kensrue’s ‘Carry The Fire’ is “a robust and decidedly enjoyable affair” (review)
Carry The Fire
Dustin Kensrue’s solo material has progressed similarly to that of another sensitive bearded man originally from a heavy band: City & Colour’s Dallas Green. Kensrue’s debut, 2007’s Please Come Home was acoustic-based, while his 2013 worship album, The Water And The Blood, probably had committed atheists singing along as it implemented full-band sounds (“Suffering Servant”) to astounding results, with emotional climaxes rivaling Thrice’s strongest moments. Kensrue’s second non-CCM album mirrors C&C’s development with similarly rollicking pacing, memorable melodies, stylistically variant characteristics and lots of loving odes to his wife. It’s a robust and decidedly enjoyable affair with crystaline production and highlights like the strong-armed, folk-rock shuffle of “Back To Back” and the slow, shadowy buildup and detonation of the closing title track. In addition, unique detours—the funky stomp of “Gallows,” the smoky, Bruce Springsteen/Brian Fallon-style quiver on the buoyant “Death Or Glory,” the touching piano ballad “Of Crows And Crowns”—maintain momentum while showcasing Kensrue’s resonant versatility.