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.