Dierks Bentley’s Black follows in his last album Riser’s sentimental footsteps. Although its lead single Somewhere On A Beach sees the country singer taking on the tough guy persona – telling his ex-lover he’s gone on a holiday, completely unaffected by the break-up – Bentley’s eighth release is filled with moving, vulnerable tracks.
Bentley expresses his fears about a relationship hanging on a thread in Why Do I Feel and in Roses And A Time Machine, he wishes he could turn back the time on a lost love.
In Different For Girls featuring Elle King, he offers more than just your standard relationship number. It’s interesting to see Bentley step inside the shoes of the opposite sex and reflect on how they handle heartbreak, often taking it harder than men. Can’t Be Replaced, meanwhile, sees the country crooner cherishing the things in life that money can’t buy.
But the most heartrending of all has got to be I’ll Be The Moon, a duet with Maren Morris. In it, Bentley sings poignantly about being so desperate for the love of a woman, he doesn’t mind being her secret lover. “He can be the sun, I’ll be the moon,” one line goes.
These ballads are paired with equally strong uptempo tracks. The infectious Somewhere On A Beach has already topped Billboard’s country charts while What The Hell Did I Say, with its strong repetitive hook, seems destined for the same fate.