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You Are The Fire, Dustin Smith - CD Review

You Are The Fire, Dustin Smith - CD Review

By Mathew Reames on July 23, 2012

It is always exciting when you get a new worship album, but the feeling is multiplied when you can say you were there for the live recording of it. It makes you feel a sense of ownership that isn’t in most albums. This is the case for me with You Are The Fire by Dustin Smith.

With five albums under his belt in collaboration with his church, this is Dustin’s first live album as a solo effort. The project was produced by Michael Farren (Pocket Full of Rocks) and Kyle Lee (Michael W. Smith). Other collaborators include: Jennie Lee Riddle, Carl Albrecht, Stu G, and others.

This is an amazing album and it’s worth discussing every song on it, but here are some highlights. The second track on this album is a fantastic anthem called “Let Justice Roll.” Our God is the God of Justice, and we are His instrument. That is the heart of this song. With strong beats and memorable guitar lines, this will be stuck in your head. It’s definitely a song that will fit well with congregational worship and will do a good job of firing people up for outreach.

The track “Rushing Waters” is absolutely fantastic. It is the kind of song that could easily become a standard in many churches. The song sings of the majesty and holiness of God. There is an amazing moment in the song where everything drops out and all you hear is the congregation singing “Our God Reigns”.

The highlight of the night when we recorded this was in my mind the song “The One That Really Matters”. It begins with a simple piano, but when Dustin started to play, you could feel the presence of God increase in the room. It was so thick and tangible that Dustin and the band just stopped. It reminded me of a 2nd Chronicles 5 moment. After a minute, the team was able to continue, but the presence was still so strong it was apparent God was here. The song’s opening line fits this so well, “I feel you so close to me, I can hardly move or breathe.” Never have I heard a lyric that so exemplified a moment.

This album ends with the title track “You Are The Fire”. The song begins with the bridge, “Fan the flame till the whole world sees us burn. You are the Fire.” It builds this bridge into an anthem where you can’t help but shout because God is the fire shut up in our bones, like Jeremiah spoke of. Then the song moves into the verses and chorus and literally gets you on your feet praising God. This is one of my favorite songs I have heard in a long time. It is perfect for a congregation. It is fast and loud, but can be played by the smallest of teams with the least instruments. The lyrics are singable and relatable. It is a song that definitely should be in your services.

I would love to describe every one of the songs because they are all so good. Every song could get a whole paragraph and more, but I think with this selection, you can begin to get an idea of what this album is like.

CLICK HERE for the live video of the song "Rushing Waters", featured on CCLITV.

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Mathew Reames

Mathew Reames

Mathew is a missionary and a worship leader serving the global body of Christ through worship training, biblical teaching, and evangelism. He resides in Lawrence, KS and Serves at Eagle Rock Church when not on the mission field.