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.
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 fiancÃ©s 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?