Landing in the lucky #7 slot of the country charts this week, Dierks Bentley's dance hall ditty, Sideways, shoots up three from #10 last week. Just 12 weeks in, the Beavers/Bentley penned hit is still the fastest rising single of DB's career.
The Pitch Wayward blog assigns "A Keeper" verdict to Sideways.
"Another mishmash, but this one sounds natural by comparison, more like a band in a room than a label boss on ProTools. It's nothing more than a rock-and-roll pick-up song, built on fiery banjo, big ol' drums, at least three strong guitar hooks (including "Sweet Jane"), and a chanted chorus that owes as much to hip-hop as it does square dance. Unlike the "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"s of the world, this shames neither. Bentley opens and closes asking some barroom gal her name; in between he tries to get her "a little bit sideways" without ever once suggesting that this hook-up means they'll be together forever (like Keith Urban, #5) or that they're somehow like a river meeting the sea (the sin of Brad Paisley, #4). Bentley's unapologetic horniness is a relief - Nashville being Nashville, he atones by including a track called "Pray" on his current disc. Choice Detail Guaranteed to Connect to Listener's Lives: Ain't no need to fight/Y'all take that redneck stuff outside/that's what parking lots are for."
So get your i-phones and keyboards ready, DB Congress reps! It's time to ask every DJ you know to NOT play nothin' slow! Gotta make 'em wanna play that song some mo'! ...all the way to #1!