Gonna Die Young
Label: Capitol Nashville
After a foray into bluegrass, Dierks Bentley returns to a more mainstream country-rock sound on his sixth album. Opening with the supercharged "Am I the Only One," Home explodes right out of the gate. "Gonna Die Young" is an exuberant rocker that picks off where 2003's "What Was I Thinking" left off. "Tip It on Back" extols the pleasure of a post-work Friday beer, while "Diamonds Make Babies" connects the dot between getting engaged and what comes next. There are so many more winners ("Heart of a Lonely Girl," "When You Gonna Come Around"), Home is destined to be a classic.