Third album from Melbourne singer/songwriter is mellow but appealing.
On his third album, Melbourne singer/songwriter D. Rogers offers up 14 short pop songs that are predominantly delicate melodies lovingly executed. Tapping a large pool of regional musicians, Rogers sparingly accessorizes his melodies with horns, strings, and handclaps. Most tracks barely exceed the two minute mark, if that. His voice is appealing and the production is pristine, and although there are no songs you’ll nominate as anthems, it flows beautifully.
The pretty “First to Know” stands apart as an overt Beatles nod and wink; you’ll do a double-take as the backing musicians eerily echo McCartney, Starr, and Harrison. Likewise, “Knocked Down the House” doesn’t have anything to do with Neil Finn’s legendary band, but horns aside it’s a dead ringer for Crowded House. The true standout is likely “Make It Up”—Wilco via Neil Young.