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Dierks Bentley
Long Trip Alone
(Capitol) Producer: Brett Beavers
Prime cuts
: “Long Trip Alone,” “Prodigal Son's Prayer”

Critique: Dierks Bentley lends his burred nice-guy baritone to another collection of radio-friendly mid-tempos, mostly dealing with the wonders and woes of a traveling minstrel. Well, they say write what you know and Bentley sure does, with co-credits (along with producer Beavers and various guest scribes) appearing on all 11 songs. Chalk one up for thematic consistency but, putting on my grumpy cap, I think the CD might have enjoyed some outside authorial contributions in the interest of sonic variety. That said, the title track stands out, probing thoughtfully into the life-as-a-journey motif. And “Prodigal Son's Prayer,” filling that bluegrassy slot common to Bentley albums (here with the fine support of the Grascals) sounds like it's built to last. Track by track, a solid effort. Overall, too much of the same good thing.

— Larry Wayne Clark

This review originally appeared in Music Row magazine. 2006, all rights reserved