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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Dierks Bentley follows up his lauded 2002 debut with an assured sophomore effort that brims with confidence in his vocals and features tougher, edgier music behind him. Bentley could have gone for the soporific mainstream middle ground, but instead he hews close to country's rough-cut school, equal parts Bakersfield and Texas, with nods to the New Traditionalist era here and there, especially in the pulsating hit single "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do" and the rugged road song "Cab of My Truck" Marty Stuart is a pronounced influence throughout. Guitars sting and twang, echoed by flailing banjo; the fiddle saws furiously on the barnburners; and the rhythm section keeps that ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Dierks Bentley follows up his lauded 2002 debut with an assured sophomore effort that brims with confidence in his vocals and features tougher, edgier music behind him. Bentley could have gone for the soporific mainstream middle ground, but instead he hews close to country's rough-cut school, equal parts Bakersfield and Texas, with nods to the New Traditionalist era here and there, especially in the pulsating hit single "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do" and the rugged road song "Cab of My Truck" Marty Stuart is a pronounced influence throughout. Guitars sting and twang, echoed by flailing banjo; the fiddle saws furiously on the barnburners; and the rhythm section keeps that big bottom rock-solid. Bentley's originals reveal his eye for the telling detail and a sensitivity to commonplace experiences that resonate over the course of a lifetime. Vocally, he deploys his husky baritone with equal effectiveness on up-tempo rousers and sweet-hearted ballads, the best here being the winsome "Good Things Happen," which isn't hurt by Alison Krauss's velvety harmonies. The Del McCoury Band comes aboard too, for a loosey-goosey, shambling bluegrass take on Del's ironic, bittersweet breakup tune "Good Man like Me." Closing on a high note, Bentley offers a poignant reading of "Gonna Get There Someday," an eloquent lyric about loving, leaving, and staying true to a dream. He knows whereof he sings.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There's little question that Dierks Bentley has good taste, as well as a burning desire to be part of the tradition of rough, rugged, and sensitive hard country singers. In particular, he styles himself after Merle and Waylon, two influences that were apparent on his eponymous 2003 debut but come to the forefront on his 2005 follow-up, Modern Day Drifter. Even the title of the record signals Bentley's intention to be a ramblin' man for the 2000s, and the music consciously echoes not just the past, but ramblin' man classics -- the first single, "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do," is styled after Waylon's "This Time" and "Good Man Like Me" deliberately mimics Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On." This isn't a drag on the record -- if anything slows it down, it's the occasional too-tasteful ballad, as well as such cloying, product placement-filled stabs at contemporary country as "Cab of My Truck" -- because Bentley has a nice, strong country croon and delivers this straight-ahead neo-traditionalist sound pleasantly and earnestly. He doesn't have much flair, though, as either a singer or writer. Instead of being a true ramblin' man and forging his own direction, he follows the path that Merle and Waylon created, never stamping it with much of his own personality. This makes for some good music, of course, but it's a bit of a mixed blessing that Bentley is at his best when he's following the blueprint of his heroes to a T. Next time around, maybe he can draw inspiration from the spirit of his idols and put his own unmistakable personal stamp on his music instead of just crafting his record to sound like something they might have recorded. [Modern Day Drifter was released in two editions -- a standard CD and a deluxe edition. The deluxe edition contains two bonus tracks on the CD -- a duet with Cody Canada on "Domestic, Light and Cold," which sounds nearly identical to the one on the main album, and a nice, light acoustic number called "She Won't Choose Me" -- and a bonus DVD containing a good 30-minute documentary where Bentley talks about all the songs on the record, the video for "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do," plus the making of the video; it also contains three songs -- "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do," "Come a Little Closer," and "Settle for a Slowdown" -- from the album in 5.1 sound, a half-measure that's more irritating than having no songs at all in 5.1, since you wind up wondering why the whole album wasn't included in surround mixes.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Liberty
  • UPC: 724347492105
  • Catalog Number: 74921

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lot of Leavin' Left to Do (4:32)
  2. 2 Come a Little Closer (4:41)
  3. 3 Cab of My Truck (3:39)
  4. 4 Settle for a Slowdown (3:43)
  5. 5 Domestic, Light and Cold (4:00)
  6. 6 Good Things Happen (3:45)
  7. 7 Down on Easy Street (3:30)
  8. 8 So So Long (3:24)
  9. 9 Modern Day Drifter (4:10)
  10. 10 Good Man Like Me (3:07)
  11. 11 Gonna Get There Someday (4:18)
  12. 12 Domestic, Light and Cold (3:59)
  13. 13 She Won't Choose Me (5:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Documentary: Dierks Talks About the Songs
  2. 2 Lot of Leavin' Left to Do
  3. 3 Making of the Video
  4. 4 Lot of Leavin' Left to Do
  5. 5 Come a Little Closer
  6. 6 Settle for a Slowdown
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dierks Bentley Primary Artist
Alison Krauss Background Vocals
Del McCoury Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Brett Beavers Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Background Vocals
Steve Brewster Drums
Mike Bub Upright Bass
Jimmy Carter Bass
J.T. Corenflos Guitar, Electric Guitar
Rob McCoury Banjo
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin, Background Vocals
Gary Morse Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Lona Heid Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Ryan Jones Overdubs
Michelle Poe Background Vocals
Steven Sheehan Acoustic Guitar
Rod Janzen Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Del McCoury Composer
Brett Beavers Composer, Producer
Steve Bogard Composer
Jamie Hartford Composer
John Scott Sherrill Composer
Wyatt Easterling Composer
Mark Nesler Composer
Jim Beavers Composer
Deric Ruttan Composer
Luke Wooten Engineer
Dierks Bentley Composer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Kristian Storli Authoring
Leslie Richter Tracking Assistant
Hank Williams Mastering
Tony Martin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Freakin awsome

    Dierks is a modern day genious!! Even if your not a country music lover, one listen to this cd and you kinda begin to understand what country music is all about. He's freakin awesome,and there is no one in country music w/a better voice than good ol'dierks.

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