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Single Review: Dierks Bentley – ‘Somewhere On A Beach’

dierks-bentley-somewhere-on-a-beach-single-coverWe’ve been down this road before. Dierks Bentley releases something intelligent to country radio and it fizzles. He responds with a horrid piece of tripe just ripe enough to please the powers that be without completely alienating the fans who still consider him one of the last remaining good guys in modern country music. So why does the road look and feel so different this time?

It’s because “Somewhere On A Beach” is Bentley’s most shameless attempt yet at fitting in with the cool crowd. He’s been the sideways, drunk on a plane and bat shit crazy. But he’s never gone as far as to literally have sex in the sand. We’ve come a long way from the days when all it took was a white tank top to get him hot and bothered.

But this isn’t solely about Bentley and his image. It’s about a song that’s nothing more than a pile of dog dung left on the side of the road by an owner to lazy to bend over and pick it up. It’s about a brazen attempt at marrying bro and beach bum-country signifiers. It’s about a marriage made in the deepest depths of hell.

Worse, “Somewhere On A Beach” is about a genre where lines like ‘she’s got a body and she’s naughty’ are liquid gold. Where ‘I’m getting sun, getting some, and I ain’t slept in a week’ passes as a good time. Where the theme of summertime has been grossly exploited growing more blatantly graphic with each passing song.

The genre has been changing – the likes of Jason Isbell, Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard and Aaron Watson did score number one albums last year. The phenomenon that is Chris Stapleton is unstoppable. It makes one wonder, is the ‘cool crowd’ the country music fans or the gatekeepers pushing drivel like this on the unsuspecting public?

Like other reviewers, I don’t blame Bentley for this atrocity. He may be co-hosting the upcoming ACM Awards with Luke Bryan, but he knows quality music. I’d be shocked if his new album, Black, fails to deliver. It better live up to expectations.

Grade: F

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2 responses to “Single Review: Dierks Bentley – ‘Somewhere On A Beach’

  1. Razor X January 28, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I *do* blame him. There is no excuse for this. He knows better. Take a stand; it’s called artistic integrity.

  2. luckyoldsun January 29, 2016 at 12:31 am

    In the good adult beach songs, the protagonist usually recognizes in the end that you can’t really escape from the tribulations of life. “Margaritaville,” builds up to where Buffett finally acknowledges: “It’s my own damn fault.” In “Who Needs You, I got Mexico,” Eddie Raven admits in the end, “Through it all nothings really changed…. He’s got you, I’ve got Mexico.”
    This “Somewhere on a Beach” song was too crappy for me to listen to more than once, but I didn’t detect anything in the lyric that shows the sort of emotional growth that helps make those other songs classics.

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