Written by Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman, and Ashley Gorley
It’s a given that Dierks Bentley is among the most talented artists of his generation, and one of the most ambitiously creative as well.
There are hints of that ambition on “Black,” the new single that also serves as the title track for his most recent album. The concept is original, and there’s a slowly building urgency under the surface of the first verse and chorus, almost like a low-grade fever waiting to break.
But it doesn’t. The whole proceedings come to a screeching halt with a remarkably bad melody that stretches the song title out from one to eight or nine syllables, more than Reba McEntire would’ve attempted at her histrionic peaks.
The lyrics run out of juice, too, with a barely formed second verse that ends too quickly, and then rote repetition of the chorus that didn’t pay off the first time.
It’s a disappointing entry from an artist who is capable of so much more.