Modern Day Drifter (Capitol, 2005)
Reviewed by Jon Weisberger
That's a tough balancing act, but Bentley pulls it off without a hitch, fromthe opening, Waylon-ish country-rocker, "Lot Of Leavin' Left To Do" to themelancholy, surprise-laden "Gonna Get There Someday," with its gorgeoustriple fiddles, that closes the CD. There are some party-hearty trifles, alove song or two, a healthy dose of honky-tonkers, and the Del McCoury Bandreprises their appearance on the first album with spirited support on Del'sown song, "Good Man Like Me."
It's possible that the radio-friendly stuff will repel alt.countryenthusiasts who would otherwise enjoy Bentley's classic influences, and thatthe grassy touches will leave a sour taste on listeners who see nothing ofvalue outside of the Top 40, but if so, that's their loss. Bentley'scrafted an outstanding album that reflects a mature and uncompromised visionof what 21st century country music can be.
CDs by Dierks Bentley
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