Dierks Bentley
Long Trip Alone


5.0
classic

Review

by riffariffic7 USER (28 Reviews)
November 29th, 2020 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "An open-road heart case, a honky tonk lost cause."

It isn't an overstatement to claim that 2020 has been an absolutely abysmal year. While we've had our share of fantastic country music, from Honey Harper to Zack Bryan, the world is literally on-fire and the human race is falling apart. Whether it be through divisive over-politicization or global pandemics locking us away from our loved ones, 2020 has been a disaster. Like many, a schmuck like myself had to find solitude in something and that something ended up being music (along with a plethora of movies). This being a year that reignited my passion for country music, revisiting older albums became an essential task. One artist who kept popping-up was Dierks Bentley, who left an impression first-and-foremost with his 2014 hit "Drunk on a Plane"; a fun, rowdy little gem.

Moving backward in his discography, almost a whole decade earlier, he crafted this underappreciated masterpiece known as Long Trip Alone; with a title such as this, of course it'd be the perfect record to play in 2020. Immediately leaving a wonderful impression, "Every Mile a Memory" is a beautiful opening tune which provides the pitch-perfect showcase for Mr. Bentley's irresistible charm. The title-track, "Long Trip Alone", may just be the best song on the record and easily the most underrated single from this artist. Gorgeous instrumentation, fiddle and steel abound, accompanied by a majestic vocal performance from Dierks carries this entire record from start-to-finish, making it a breeze for even non-country fans to enjoy. As proof of that, look at the most successful single: "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)".

This aforementioned track is so rollicking across the board that it made its way onto Rock Band as downloadable content. A sensationally groovy tune that sees Dierks deliver a calming, restrained performance which enables the bass, electric and pedal steel guitar-work to take center-stage in this colossally-engaging tune. Long Trip Alone closes on a mesmerizing, foot stomping note from the inmates of Charles Bass Correctional Complex with "Prodigal Son's Prayer". Peaceful, powerful and cathartic are the words that come to mind when reviewing an album like this. It is very simple in a lot of ways, though that simplicity is exactly what makes the message on the entirety of this package so enlightening. "The Heaven I'm Headed To" is so monumentally moving in its proclamation that even the most flawed people can make it to that big ole Heartbreak Hotel in the sky ("in the heaven I'm headed to there's a place for preachers, thieves and prostitutes") that it may just bring you to tears. This is an inspired, hope-filled masterpiece; easily accessible and wholly entertaining throughout, one of the best country records ever produced.



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Kompys2000
November 30th 2020


5087 Comments


Nice review, I gotta add Dierks to my list of country acts to check out.

Have you heard anything from his new band Hot Country Knights? They're basically Steel Panther but for 90s country instead of 80s hair metal, it's great.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 30th 2020


64726 Comments


Oh yeah I seen this show on Netflix

riffariffic7
November 30th 2020


652 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Kompys2000 - Thanks, mate. Dierks is, quite possibly, my favorite modern country artist. I don't love all of his work, songs like "Woman, Amen" are beyond cheesy, but he's consistent and always brings a ton of heart to his productions. I really like HCK. Usually parody bands aren't my thing, but I really had fun with that record they dropped awhile ago.



@Lord(e)Po)))ts - Show on Netflix? What's that?

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 30th 2020


64726 Comments


Dierks Bentley Holistic Detective Agency

TheSonomaDude
November 30th 2020


7299 Comments


i've heard that i bare a resemblance to this guy

is that a good thing or nah

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 30th 2020


64726 Comments


Neutral

riffariffic7
December 1st 2020


652 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Lord(e)Po)))ts - You mean Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency?



@TheSonomaDude - I'd say that's a good thing. A YouTuber who covers country music, Grady Smith, looks remarkably similar to Dierks as well.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
December 1st 2020


64726 Comments


"@Lord(e)Po)))ts - You mean Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency?"

;]

riffariffic7
December 1st 2020


652 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You got me going deep on the search engine there for a hot-second lol. :P



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