Long Trip Alone

Long Trip Alone

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by Dierks Bentley
     
 

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Dierks Bentley has notched two platinum albums the hard way -- he's earned them, by grinding it out on the road, building an audience, and coming back again and again with good songs, a dynamic stage presence, a hot band, and a will to win. With Long Trip Alone he's going to go three-for-three in the platinum department, but there's more to the story. Bentley's

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Dierks Bentley has notched two platinum albums the hard way -- he's earned them, by grinding it out on the road, building an audience, and coming back again and again with good songs, a dynamic stage presence, a hot band, and a will to win. With Long Trip Alone he's going to go three-for-three in the platinum department, but there's more to the story. Bentley's been taking notes and taking note all at once. Most of the songs (and he co-wrote them all) find him at large in America, wandering-minstrel style, looking for the substance of life. Bentley tied the knot in the past year, and the artist who cast himself as a Modern Day Drifter on his 2005 sophomore album is now feeling the lure of the home front; he articulates as much in the title track (a folk-country ballad with a decided Rodney Crowell feel in its vivid, clipped verses that set up a majestic, soaring chorus) and in the fevered, intense homecoming ballad, "Soon as You Can." Yet our conflicted hero makes it clear that the road is his bride's only rival, as he celebrates the delights of the journey in the stomping "Every Mile a Memory" and cites a joyous litany of the hard times he's endured and learned from while savoring every precious moment in "Can't Live It Down," a barnburning workout fueled by a furiously strummed mandolin and exuberant fiddle lending a bluegrass tint to the palette. Who wins out? Let's say it gets interesting from here on for the newlyweds.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's a sign of Dierks Bentley's increasing stardom and clout that he has a writing credit on all 11 songs on his third album, 2006's Long Trip Alone. Not every country singer/songwriter gets a chance to do that, but not every singer/songwriter scores a bona fide hit with his sophomore set, and Bentley's 2005 Modern Day Drifter was that, reaching the top of the Billboard country charts and spawning several hits, including the number one "Settle for a Slowdown." Such success allows an artist to set his own pace, at least a little bit, and Bentley was already showing signs of being a headstrong troubadour on Modern Day Drifter, consciously referring -- both lyrically and musically -- to such classic country mavericks as Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard throughout the record. Given these deliberate allusions to such musical rebels, it would made some sense if Bentley followed their path and crafted a third album that was tougher, wilder, rougher than his breakthrough, but Long Trip Alone isn't that at all: it's a slick, streamlined version of his hit album. Keep in mind that slick and streamlined aren't the same thing as soulless; rather, the polish of Long Trip Alone is a sign of Bentley's increased confidence and professionalism, and how he wants to stay at the top now that he's gotten there. As such, the album is so clean it sparkles -- all the better for it to fit into mainstream country radio -- but beneath that sheen, Bentley remains a little restless, even risky. He'll bring the Grascals to play on "Prodigal Son's Prayer," letting them steer the duet toward their bluegrass roots; he'll explain that "The Heaven I'm Headed To" has a place for both priests and prostitutes; and he'll play tribute to his honky tonk beginnings, on "Band of Brothers," which isn't only a musical tip of the hat to hardcore country, but also a sly salute to his fellow road-warriors. But the main impression of Long Trip Alone isn't that restlessness; it's how Bentley can come across as a entirely mainstream country act without losing his sense of self. He's a savvy songwriter, particularly when he's slyly incorporating elements of rock or pop into his country (check out the anthemic opening of "Trying to Stop Your Leaving" for the former, "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" for the latter), managing to be commercial without being crass, coming across as sentimental, not saccharine, on his earnest ballads. At times, it seems like he could use a little bit more heft or grit in his voice, yet his simple, straight-ahead singing enhances his Everyman qualities and helps make him and his music all the more likeable. Perhaps Long Trip Alone may disappoint fans who were looking for his next album to be an unapologetic hard country record, but in a way, this is more interesting: Dierks Bentley has kept that spirit and put it within the confines of mainstream country, resulting in one of the livelier and better country records of 2006 and one that proves he is indeed a major talent.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
Label:
Liberty
UPC:
0094636732008
catalogNumber:
67320
Rank:
100760

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dierks Bentley   Primary Artist
Terry Eldredge   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Brewster   Drums
Jimmy Carter   Bass
J.T. Corenflos   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jimmy Mattingly   Fiddle
Gary Morse   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Terry Smith   Upright Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
John Caldwell   Overdubs
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin
Tim Sergent   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jamie Johnson   Vocals
Danny Roberts   Mandolin
Rob Harrington   Bass
Rod Janzen   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Inmates At Charles Bass Correctional Complex   Foot Stomping
Steve Misamore   Drums

Technical Credits

Brett Beavers   Composer,Producer
Steve Bogard   Composer
Jim Beavers   Composer
Deric Ruttan   Composer
Luke Wooten   Engineer
Rob Harrington   Composer
Dierks Bentley   Composer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Leslie Richter   Tracking Assistant
Rod Janzen   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer

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Long Trip Alone 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was Dierks who described his album as a mix between U2/Waylon Jennings, and he was on point. When you hear his music its like nothing else being played on the radio. Dierks is honky-tonk on a modern level. You can tell these songs are written by the man who sings them. When you listen to the CD its like a story, a theme, its rare to find this. Most artists don't write their own music, so it's hard to believe their sincerity when they sing. With Dierks you know he lived every moment in every song. Its been years since albums like this were on the shelf. Reminds me of the classics like Willie, Waylon and Cash, this is the new outlaw in country music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love it it has beautiful lyrics it is fun and easy to listen to.This is my favorite cd ! Give it a listen you will love it too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi Everyone, Go out buy Dierks Bentley's New CD. He is a Fabulous Singer/Song Writer. My favorite Songs from the album is Every Mile a Memory, Long Trip Alone. Etc. I got to see Dierks and he is Awsome. And he is so willing do sign autographs for you too. I got a T-shirt signed by him. So if you are a Dierks Benly Fan or Like Country Music go out any Buy his CD before they are all GONE! Sarah
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't picked up the new CD by Dierks Bentley yet, you are missing out! "Long Trip Alone" is a unique blend of bluegrass, country, and rock and roll music in one package. Bentley, who co-wrote each of the 11 tracks on the album, sings about everything from life on the road, to religion, to relationships. This CD is the kind that gets stuck in your head (in a good way) and makes you want to keep playing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dierks Bentley does it once again! Creating, sounds and rythems that everyone can relate to! Truly, one of my favorite Albums!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all of Dierks'albums but this one is the best yet. The songs on this album are really catchy you'll have them in your head for days,and weeks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Always a talented musician and writer, but LONG TRIP ALONE brings new excitement. The transition is obvious and lyrics touching , sound powerful and moving... Dierks now has a wonderful woman in his life and the difference makes LONG TRIP ALONE some of his best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would buy this for yourself or for someone else. Dierks is so real, so down to life. He is human and his music is personal. You can find yourself really relating to Dierks. His style and his personality are sincere and are recognized thru his music. He really considers the feelings of his fellow fans and puts on a good show. I am happy I got hooked onto being a fan. I love his new Cd too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of Dierks music as it is orginal, unforgettable, and refreshing, but Long Trip Alone is his bet yet! I was not able to pick just one favorite song as they are all great, but Every Mile A Memory, Long Trip Alone, Can't Live It Down, Soon As You Can, Trying To Stop Your Leaving, and The Heaven I'm Headed To are my favorites, and every chance I get I pop in the CD and sing along. When I can't listen to the CD, I find myself looking forward to hearing Dierks on the radio and can't help but tune out everything else and sing along, as Dierk's songs have grown roots in my memory. I finally got to see Dierks in concert in St. Paul in November 06, and he sang some of his old as well as his new stuff and I found myself entranced by his ability to pull you into his songs, especially his new stuff. He seems to be digging deeper and pulling up winners!! Dierks is unforgettable due to his music, sexy voice, and isn't bad looking either!! I am totally in love with Long Trip Alone and would recommend it to anyone who is in for an unforgettable experience!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was cautious before I bought this album. After I heard Come A Little Closer off his MDD cd I decided to buy that cd. It was amazing. I did not think he could do any better, but once I bought this cd I could not believe how good it was. It is definitely one of his best. My Favorite songs off the album are "Free and Easy" "Can't Live It Down" and "Long Trip Alone". the rest are great too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the sounds of his music. I especially like his voice, and the way he performs the songs. I amazingly love Dierks Bentley. And I also love the album and the song "Long Trip Alone".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago