Album Review : RISER

Album Review                      :           Riser

Artist                                      :           Dierks Bentley

Genre                                     :           Country

Year                                        :           2014

Just how predictable this latest record from this country superstar? One, you do not need to listen to the song to know that “Bourbon In Kentucky” is all about drowning in alcohol just to forget someone.  There is always that song about pleading and telling somebody to forget everything like “Say You Do.” The usual paean song about pretty and nice girls is found in “Pretty Girls.”

“I Hold On” is a nice song about running away and holding on to memories; upbeat and straight to the point lyrics.  There was a good banjo intro in the song “Here on Earth,” but the singer decided to make it the usual country flavor; drowning the banjo sound with guitar and drums.  Of course, a country album is never complete without singing about being drunk like “Drunk on A Plane.” The carrier song has a melody and touch that reminds you of “Slave To Love” by Bryan Ferry. This song will make you think if “Riser” is the country version of the song.

With these highlights and downsides, the whole album fares well and you can tell some of your friends that this one is worth risking if they want to parlay with country music. I rate this record 2.5 stars out of 5 stars. 

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it



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