The song itself is about a man living his life on the run, wanted for a crime he didn’t commit. It is the perfect lead song, setting the audience up for the rest of the album. It will transition well to the stage, something Bentley lives for, as will the track “Little Heartwrecker.”
Bentley's new single, “Sideways” is the album’s party anthem. It is all about cutting loose when the weekend rolls around and continues Bentley’s white tank top trend from previous records with the line “I can see you came to rock in your blue jeans and white tank top.” This is a song destined to be a staple in Bentley’s set list for years to come.
The lead single from the album was “Feel That Fire,” – a song that eventually went number one. This is a song about what a woman wants and her man’s determination to make sure she gets it. It would be interesting to see how much the sale of black nail polish shot up after this song hit airwaves. I’ll admit, I painted my nails black after listening one too many times…
A personal favorite is “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes.” Bentley is downright sexy on this sensual ballad. It portrays the beauty of making love while in love and has hit potential written all over it. “Beautiful World,” featuring Patty Griffin as a guest vocalist, is another beautiful ballad about seeing the beauty around us instead of focusing on all the negativity. It is a ‘count your blessings’ song that Bentley wrote while his wife was pregnant with their first child and leaves the listener feeling a little lighter.
The album naturally includes a bluegrass tune – “Last Call” featuring Ronnie McCoury. Bentley is heavily influenced by bluegrass and could successfully release a bluegrass album in the future. This song makes the listener want to grab the nearest partner and two-step.
Bentley had a lot riding on the release of Feel That Fire. His previous album - not including his Greatest Hits release - Long Trip Alone, was a massive success, churning out two number one singles and nominations for Album of the Year. Expectations were high and Bentley did not disappoint. Feel That Fire packs heat and those 'blue jeans and white tank top' fans will love it.
Dierks Bentley: 'Feel That Fire' – Album Review
Dierks Bentley is one of the hardest working men in country music, playing over 300 show for several years straight, not to mention time spent in the studio, writing songs and doing charity work. He has developed his own bluegrass-infused country rock sound that draws fans clad in white tank tops to his shows in droves. Feel That Fire was made with those fans in mind and Bentley has delivered an album that could be a contender for Album of the Year.
The album starts off with “Life On The Run,” – a song that opens up with the shifting of motorcycle gears.