Dierks Bentley’s new album is ‘Black.’ The highly anticipated new release from the country music superstar, a concept album on relationships, has arrived with much fanfare and critics are weighing in. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
It’s Dierks Bentley’s first album since the critically acclaimed ‘Riser’ of 2014 which produced a bevy of smash hits including the title track as well as ‘I Hold On’ and, of course, the ubiquitous crossover hit, ‘Drunk on a Plane.’
This time around, the ever-consistent hitmaker once again deals with subject matter quite literally near and dear and the lead single, ‘Somewhere on a Beach,’ has already become yet another hit single, topping the all the Billboard country charts in both the U.S. and Canada.
For those wondering about the title of the album, Bentley, told Rolling Stone Country it’s not the color, it’s his wife’s maiden name; Cassidy Black. He said, “It’s kind of a relationship-based record.”
Elaborating, he said, “Most the songs deal with just the ups, downs, curves and swerves of the relationship that I’m in and the life that I live and what I do for a living…There’s a lot to mine in a long-term relationship and I’m digging into that for this record.”
Although there’s been just two years since the last album, and along with it a tour of the same title that took him all over North America, there’s much anticipation. Fans and critics alike have grown accustom to the consistency, in the very best sense; albums — nine of them now — arriving every other year and each one, thus far, building up his enduring superstar status that began back in 2003 with his self-titled major-label debut.
Now the critics are having their say and you can see a roundup below.
“…. And he picks up where he left off with his new album “Black” (Capitol Records Nashville) and the smash single “Somewhere on a Beach,” which combines catchy lyrics with a laid-back delivery and a dramatic groove. It’s a trick Bentley manages again and again on “Black,” expertly weaving styles and storytelling tricks to build memorable tales to sing along with…..” — Newsday
“….While Black has been described by Bentley as a relationship album, it is also an reflection on one man’s journey in life. Self penned songs like “Light It Up” and “Can’t Be Replaced” leave the greatest mark and show Bentley’s confidence and vulnerability as a songwriter and performer, something fans first fell in love with 13 years ago on his debut….” –Sounds Like Nashville
“….The production — with Ross Copperman at the helm again — suits Dierks’ modern approach on future hits like “What The Hell Did I Say,” “Pick Up,” “Freedom” and songs which expand what we’ve come to expect from Dierks, the stunning tracks “I’ll Be The Moon” (with Maren Morris) and “Different For Girls” (which features Elle King) and rock-infused “Roses and a Time Machine…..” –Rough Stock
With his ninth album, the longtime star appears to have yet another hit on his hands, and along with it, what’s sure to be yet another popular tour. You can see Dierks Bentley’s ‘Black’ album cover art and music videos below.
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