Country & Cold Cans by Dierks Bentley
Following the maturity of Up on the Ridge and Home, a full album of pop-a-top drinking songs may have felt like a step backward for Dierks Bentley. But thanks to the increasingly popular EP format, the every-dude singer/songwriter is able to scratch that itch on Country & Cold Cans.
A collection of four new tracks, along with the radio edit of current single “Tip It On Back,” the digital-only release is refreshing and bubbly. Think of it as the sonic equivalent of light beer: it quenches the thirst, but doesn’t leave you fully buzzed.
“Cold Cans” and “Grab a Beer” are good-natured elbow-benders, while “Back Porch” and “Summer on Fire” aim to squeeze out every last drop of the warm-weather season—and succeed.
None of those songs possess the lyrical snap of “Tip It On Back,” which originally appeared on Home, but Country & Cold Cans is still an admirable pour, an easy-listening libation that won’t leave you with a hangover.