Dierks Bentley, Home

Nick Murray

By Nick Murray

on 02.08.12 in Reviews


Dierks Bentley

Heard over the radio, “Am I the Only One” was a song to relate to, a pick-me-up to bridge the early evening transition from work to play. Now, as the first track off Home, Dierks Bentley’s sixth major album, it’s a challenge: Dierks wants to have a little fun tonight – do you? The party continues with “Gonna Die Young,” an uptempo ode to lust at first sight, and even the unexpectedly melancholy “Tip It on Back,” before slowing on “Home,” a theoretically apolitical America tribute that easily surpasses Modern Day Drifter‘s “Domestic, Light and Cold” as the most outwardly patriotic number in the Bentley catalog.

Wanting to have a little fun

On the record’s backside, the man who made a Country No. 1 out of “Come a Little Closer” returns to his love song wheelhouse, with “Heart of a Lonely Girl” reprising the fiddles that dominated his last full length, Up On the Ridge, and “When You Gonna Come Around” tapping Little Big Town’s Kellie Pickler for a rare duet. And while “Diamonds Make Babies” warns would-be grooms that their fiancés might expect to be expecting, the album finishes with Bentley handing over vocal duties to his three-year-old daughter Evelyn, who adorably works her way through the chorus to “Thinking of You.” What could be more fun than that?