Dierks Bentley – “Tip It On Back”

15 Aug

Songwriters:  Ross Copperman, Tully Kennedy, Jon Nite

There’s nothing wrong with a good party song.  They can be quite enjoyable.  But they’re also very prone to being done to death after a while.  When three of the four singles from your current album are all party songs that sound more or less the same, you’ve got a problem.

“Tip It On Back” offers nothing new that we haven’t already heard many times from Dierks Bentley.  It’s the same old book with a brand new cover.  It’s a little more grating than “5-1-5-0,” but not quite as punch-yourself-in-the-face bad as “Am I the Only.”  It’s near the same notch on the scale as “Sideways,” minus the cringe-worthy barroom singalong.  The hook is mediocre and forgettable.  The melody is flat and monotonous.  The production is chunky and flavorless.

At the very least, “Tip It On Back” will serve as Bentley’s placeholder on radio playlists until he gets something better out, but he can do much better than this, and he has so many times.  Here’s hoping he can find/write some better material soon, and do some branching out in theme and content.  Dierks Bentley is too talented to be pigeonholing himself like this.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)


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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Single Reviews



2 responses to “Dierks Bentley – “Tip It On Back”

  1. bob

    August 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I don’t listen to Dierks often because as a vocalist i think he’s almost as bad as TS. I wonder if his other good party songs have lines like “Sip a little more than you know you should”. Anything for a buck.

  2. Devin

    August 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    I was at his concert Monday and he made a comment that he had really hoped that The Woods would be the next single off of his album, and he gave one of those looks, kinda chuckled and said, ”But I guess that didn\’t work out…”. Basically, sounds like he knew that this would be a bit repetitive to select this song, but he didn\’t get his way with the label.

    Now I’m not saying The Woods is a career defining song. But it’s certainly more pleasant to listen to, and it’s a quaint take on the whole ’out in the sticks/woods’ themed songs.

    It’s pretty striking to hear the difference in direction and quality of song over Dierks’ entire catalog. It\’s almost like after he released Up On The Ridge and got no love he just went with the whole ’if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’ mantra. I hope he goes back to his roots.


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