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  • Summary: The eighth full-length release for the country singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Elle King, Maren Morris and Trombone Shorty.
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Black
The moon outside, too bright Those blinds, yeah, let's just keep 'em closed You know my hands, they know where to go To find your fingertips, trace... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Jun 10, 2016
    70
    A record slicker and straighter than its predecessors. Call it maturation as much as a shift in aesthetics.
  2. Jun 10, 2016
    70
    No one can say Black isn’t ambitious, and it’s nuanced too; easily Bentley’s most personal, affecting release yet.
  3. Jun 10, 2016
    70
    What lifts Black past merely being a good concept album is an old-school musicality that never takes a backseat to modern-country conventionality.
  4. Aug 2, 2016
    60
    Black feels like the embodiment of the masculine midlife crisis, with a similar lack of self-awareness on the part of the protagonist, even when he’s expressing realizations and moments of self-discovery.
  5. Jun 10, 2016
    50
    Echoey wall-of-sound sheen, soft-rock flourishes, guitar bombast, and omnipresent programming predominate. Presumably the intention was to create a sonic mood to match the album’s thematic concerns, but too often the execution leaves the songs sounding plodding and inert.
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  1. Jun 14, 2016
    10
    Dierks Bentley's Black shows that he has really come a long way as an artist. I have listened since his early days and this is my favoriteDierks Bentley's Black shows that he has really come a long way as an artist. I have listened since his early days and this is my favorite album because it has all of the raw emotion we love from Dierks but also innovation and risks that we have not seen in the past. The features from both Elle King and Maren Morris are perfect (also, props to Trombone Shorty) and epitomize the story he is trying to tell with this album. It is about losing yourself in someone else and what happens when that relationship goes away. Black tells that story in a familiar yet stylish fashion. Expand