“Say You Do”
Written by Shane McAnally, Matt Ramsey, and Trevor Rosen
Dierks Bentley’s at the top of his game right now. “Say You Do” demonstrates why.
It’s subtle, it’s smart, and it’s self-aware. It’s the type of record that only works with some real life experience to back it up.
Bentley’s so understated that he’s terribly underrated. He’s not a showy vocalist, but the complicated emotions woven into this lyric require a skilled singer to deliver it. In lesser, simpler hands, it could err on the side of either cynicism or sap. Bentley is able to thread the needle, earning empathy while fully rejecting pity.
He’s really the current generation’s Don Williams, which is about a high a compliment as I’ve paid any artist this year.