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.

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