Greatest Hits: Every Mile a Memory

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
More so than many of his contemporaries who have risen to arena-level popularity, Dierks Bentley has never forgotten to take his cues from country first, and let the rock propulsion drive but not overshadow the content of his music. His is state-of-the-art mainstream country, with a generous helping of acoustic instruments and crying pedal steel supporting Bentley's gritty, personable baritone. Like George Strait, he's covered the waterfront of feelings, and done so credibly enough to have notched ten Top 10 singles and five chart toppers in a mere five years. For his first of what will likely be many volumes of greatest hits, Bentley shows off what he brung to the ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
More so than many of his contemporaries who have risen to arena-level popularity, Dierks Bentley has never forgotten to take his cues from country first, and let the rock propulsion drive but not overshadow the content of his music. His is state-of-the-art mainstream country, with a generous helping of acoustic instruments and crying pedal steel supporting Bentley's gritty, personable baritone. Like George Strait, he's covered the waterfront of feelings, and done so credibly enough to have notched ten Top 10 singles and five chart toppers in a mere five years. For his first of what will likely be many volumes of greatest hits, Bentley shows off what he brung to the dance, from stomping, sarcastic kiss-offs ("How Am I Doin'"), to roaring, self-deprecating treatises on lustful, inadvisable behavior ("What Was I Thinkin'"), to surging, guitar-driven reflections on the loneliness of the road in "Every Mile a Memory," which connects the beauty of nature to an abiding passion for an absent lover. Two new cuts join the hit parade: "With the Band" is a thumping country-rock workout centered on the carefree aspects of the musicians' lifestyles; more substantial is the only song Bentley had no hand in writing, "Sweet & Wild," from the pen of the redoubtable Radney Foster (co-writing with Jay Clement)," a captivating, densely textured midtempo celebration of love's sensual pleasures, aided and abetted by the always captivating Sarah Buxton adding a companion vocal. Five tracks are exemplary live cuts selected by Bentley's fans, all of whom are thanked by name in the liner notes. These are the icing on a 17-track cake that gets better with each new serving. Seconds, anyone?
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There are no two ways around it: Greatest Hits: Every Mile a Memory seems to arrive a little early in Dierks Bentley's career, appearing in May 2008, just five years after his self-titled debut album. In those five years Bentley released just three albums -- not a lot to build a greatest-hits album on, so the album is pumped up with two pretty good new songs (the smooth midtempo love song "Sweet & Wild" and the peppier "With the Band'") and five live tracks chosen by fans (three of them live repeats of songs heard in their studio incarnations earlier on the album), bringing the track total up to a respectable 17 tracks. These are nice bonuses, but the real worth of Every Mile a Memory is the same as any greatest-hits album: it's a place to get all the hits in one tidy package, and this has all of Bentley's charting singles between 2003 and 2008 minus "Domestic, Light and Cold," which scraped the bottom of the country charts in 2005. Taken together, these singles make Bentley out to be more of a straight-ahead balladeer than his proper albums do, but anybody frustrated by this development will already have his three albums. This is for the casual fans -- along with those hardcore fans who helped pick the five live tunes here under the enticement of being listed as executive producers in the album's liner notes -- and for those fans it gets the job done nicely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2008
  • Label: Liberty
  • EAN: 5099920907020
  • Catalog Number: 09070
  • Sales rank: 2,984

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dierks Bentley Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Brett Beavers Background Vocals
Gary Morse Lap Steel Guitar
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Jim Beavers Background Vocals
Luke Wooten Background Vocals
Tim Sergent Banjo, Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar, Background Vocals
Rob Harrington Bass
Sarah Buxton Vocals
Rod Janzen Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Steve Misamore Drums
Greg Mangum Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Radney Foster Composer
Harley Allen Composer
Brett Beavers Composer, Producer
Steve Bogard Composer
Jim Beavers Composer
Deric Ruttan Composer
Luke Wooten Engineer
Rob Harrington Composer
Dierks Bentley Composer, Producer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
John Netti Tracking Assistant
Rod Janzen Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great album

    This is a wonderful album of Dierks greatest hits.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Dierks does something different!

    I have been a Dierks fan for 5 years, so the title of this album "Every Mile a Memory 2003-2008" warms my heart with 5 years of miles and memories. And, even though this is a Greatest Hits CD,Dierks does something different--allowing 3,000 fans to be listed as Executive Producers in the liner notes. I'm in there! Not only did we get our name mentioned, but we actually participated in choosing the cover art, the tracks, and the track order! I am especially pleased to see a live version of "Wish It Would Break"--my all time favorite Dierks song. And the new "Sweet and Wild" is a sweet trip down teenage lane. The live tracks make you feel like you are at one of his live concerts. If you like Dierks, you will LOVE him after listening to this CD. Heck, get them all--he's worth it! His songwriter and vocal talent will make you laugh, cry, dance, smile...every emotion you can think of.

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