Thursday, June 3, 2010


Another Dierks Bentley four and a half stars, this time from Slant magazine! Here are a few excerpts:

Bentley, for his part, fully holds his own among such high-caliber songwriters. There isn't a weak song among his five co-writing credits.

Up on the Ridge isn't a proper bluegrass album by any stretch of the imagination, despite the exclusive use of acoustic instruments. Instead, it's an example of what modern country music ought to sound like: The fiddles and banjos are placed prominently in the mixes and there isn't a drum machine to be found anywhere. But Bentley and Stewart also recognize the value of a strong hook. And ultimately, it's Up on the Ridge's overall aesthetic that proves Bentley's deep respect for—and his legitimate, intuitive understanding of—country traditions, even as he uses those traditions in forward-thinking, progressive ways.

Read the entire article here.

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