I'm not sure if it's a change in my musical taste or just a phase, but I found it difficult to make myself write a review for Dierks Bentley's new CD "Home". I bought it the same time I bought Christian Kane's "The House Rules", and after listening to Christian's CD this one is a little boring by comparison. Don't get me wrong, it's a great CD for Dierks, but the songs aren't resonating with me the same way that Christian's are. I'm still singing "The House Rules" in my head after listening to it, which doesn't really happening with these songs. I guess we'll know for sure when the next Chris Young CD is released.
1. Am I The Only One
A fun, upbeat song to start off with. It's Friday night and he's ready to go out and have some beers and blow off some steam. Unfortunately all of his friends want to stay home for one reason or another. It all works out, though, because he meets a girl at the bar who was abandoned by all of her friends too, so they get together to party.
2. Gonna Die Young
He's with a girl who is so amazing that he's pretty much convinced she's going to kill him. She's so hot, he can't breathe, and she sends his blood pressure through the roof. He's sure to be pushing up daisies any day now.
3. Tip It On Back
Sometimes the problems of the world, or just your little corner of it, get to be more than you want to handle. At times like that your best bet is to grab your best girl and go find a place to tip back a drink or five and just forget about everything but enjoying yourself.
Probably my favorite song on the CD. It's so nice to have a pro-America song that doesn't call out any of our enemies, and doesn't pit one political party against another. Too many songs with this theme, especially in country music, are written with a conservative bent, railing against the current administration and anyone with liberal beliefs (like me). He's really trying to rally the entire country together to make our great country even better.
5. Diamonds Make Babies
A cautious tale for any guy who is thinking about proposing to his girlfriend. She's a great girl, and you'll be very happy together, just be forewarned:
Diamonds make babies
and babies make mamas
and mamas make daddies
make changes they don't always wanna
6. In My Head
She's gone, and he says he's happy for her, but she'll always be with him in his head. He can always imagine her back in his arms, in his life.
7. Breathe You In
Dierks usually manages to get at least one smoldering, sexy song on his CD, and this is it. He wants to disappear into her, get so close he can breathe her in, so close that you can't tell where he ends and she begins.
8. The Woods
A twist on the "What Happens in Vegas..." theme, except this time he's headed to the woods with his girl and some wine, just enjoying the quiet of nature, knowing that whatever happens will stay out in the woods.
9. When You Gonna Come Around
A wonderful duet with Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, and their voices do sound amazing together. The two are friends, close, but have never gotten together, much to his chagrin. He really wants to know when she's going to come around to his way of thinking so that they can really explore the relationship.
When I first heard Dierks describe this song I was a little leery - it sounded like one of Toby Keith's "bus songs" (e.g. "Weed with Willie"). The first time I heard the song I didn't really like it. But after a few more listens it's really growing on me. He's crazy about her, hence the joke about 5150 (police talk for psychiatric hold), he needs someone to help him handle his feelings for her.
11. Heart Of A Lonely Girl
He's out on the road, making a living, while his young bride is left home all alone. He trusts her, but not the other guys in their town. He just can't wait to get back home so she won't be lonely any more.
12. Thinking Of You
Interesting, a song with the same title as one on the Christian Kane CD, what a coincidence. Slightly different idea - when he has to be away from her he's always thinking of her. No matter whether it's on the road or in the next room, she's always on his mind.