According to the Washington post Dierks Bentley's new album, "Up on the Ridge," qualifies as a both major transformation and a minor miracle. The new album is filled with traditional, bluegrass-inspired arrangements.
Bentley collaboratored with some folks you might have heard of before: Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson and Del McCoury. He also covers some noted musicians and bands such as Bob Dylan and U2.
Bentley's bluegrass version of "Pride (In the Name of Love)" ( U2 cover) is brave and surprising. McCoury picks away throughout, transposing the Edge's chiming guitar riffs into something simpler, without sacrificing elegance.
The song "Down in the Mine" feels particularly harrowing in light of the mining catastrophe that took the lives of 29 men in West Virginia in April.
Hear the first track from the album (after the commercial) "Love Grows Wild":
I like Bentley's music, but that song Love Grows Wild still sounds like country to me, with very little bluegrass sound.
I would give the CD 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.