Riser

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For a decade, every single Dierks Bentley release placed at least in Billboard's Country Top 20, usually making it to the Top Ten. That streak came to an end in 2013, when "Bourbon in Kentucky" -- the first single from his in-the-works seventh album, Riser, and a duet with 2013's hot star Kacey Musgraves to boot -- stiffed, going no further than 40 on the country charts. Such a thing doesn't happen to a big country star, so action needed to be taken: Bentley revised Riser, adding some levity to an album that nevertheless remains highly contemplative. As Bentley notes in his brief liner notes for the album, he made Riser during a period when his father died and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For a decade, every single Dierks Bentley release placed at least in Billboard's Country Top 20, usually making it to the Top Ten. That streak came to an end in 2013, when "Bourbon in Kentucky" -- the first single from his in-the-works seventh album, Riser, and a duet with 2013's hot star Kacey Musgraves to boot -- stiffed, going no further than 40 on the country charts. Such a thing doesn't happen to a big country star, so action needed to be taken: Bentley revised Riser, adding some levity to an album that nevertheless remains highly contemplative. As Bentley notes in his brief liner notes for the album, he made Riser during a period when his father died and his first son was born, so the fact so much of the album is reflective is little surprise, but Riser remains subdued even as Dierks loosens up: "Drunk on a Plane" isn't raucous; it's a diligent march that suits its tale of post-breakup revelry. Apart from "Sounds of Summer" and "Back Porch," two not-bad attempts to reckon with bro-country, this is all mature and measured stadium-sized modern country, with the guitars not twanging but echoing like the Edge. Riser isn't an outsider's manifesto, it's the work of a guy taking stock as he's facing middle age, reconciling his dreams with his reality, finding strength in his family and the music he loves. With all these big issues, it's no wonder that Riser doesn't quite feel brimming with lighthearted singles, but it's a sturdy, often absorbing record from a singer who is determined to be in it for the long haul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2014
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 602537506446
  • Catalog Number: 1940402
  • Sales rank: 6,144

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bourbon In Kentucky (3:45)
  2. 2 Say You Do (3:40)
  3. 3 I Hold On (4:40)
  4. 4 Pretty Girls (3:39)
  5. 5 Here On Earth (4:25)
  6. 6 Drunk On a Plane (4:14)
  7. 7 Five (4:45)
  8. 8 Riser (4:10)
  9. 9 Sounds of Summer (3:22)
  10. 10 Damn These Dreams (3:25)
  11. 11 Back Porch (3:12)
  12. 12 Hurt Somebody (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dierks Bentley Primary Artist
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Dan Dugmore Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kenny Greenberg Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
Craig Wright Percussion, Drums
Jonathan Yudkin Strings
Jason Lehning Synthesizer, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Jon Randall Background Vocals
Sam Ashworth Background Vocals
F. Reid Shippen Percussion
Fred Eltringham Percussion, Drums
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Lee Hendricks Bass
Tony Lucido Bass
Hillary Lindsey Background Vocals
Brian Layson Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Jaren Johnston Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Background Vocals
Jedd Hughes Electric Guitar
Dan Hochhalter Banjo, Fiddle
Ross Copperman Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jessi Alexander Background Vocals
Charlie Worsham Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Ukulele
Kacey Musgraves Background Vocals
Chris Stapleton Background Vocals
Ryan Tyndell Mandolin, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinskiy Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Mark Hill Bass
Technical Credits
Jonathan Yudkin String Arrangements, String Writing
Brian David Willis Digital Editing
Brett James Composer
Jon Randall Composer
F. Reid Shippen Engineer
Gordie Sampson Composer
Mark Nesler Composer
Shane McAnally Composer
Adam Sanders Composer
Karen Naff Art Direction
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Dierks Bentley Composer
Hillary Lindsey Composer
Cary Barlowe Composer
Jaren Johnston Composer, Producer
Ross Copperman Composer, Programming, Producer, overdub engineer, Vocal Engineer
Jessi Alexander Composer
Matt Jenkins Composer
Arturo Buenahora Jr. Executive Producer
Josh Kear Composer
Matt Ramsey Composer
Travis Meadows Composer
Ryan Tyndell Composer
Matt Rausch Digital Editing
Trevor Rosen Composer
Zach Crowell Composer
Steven Moakler Composer
Matt Fleener Composer
Chris Tompkins Composer
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