“What Was I Thinkin’” was the name of Dierks Bentley’s very first single, but in spite of that title, it sailed right to the top of the country charts. He’s released several No. 1 hits since, including “Feel That Fire,” “Home” and “Somewhere on a Beach,” and he’s done it all with a public image of modest, down-home charm. His 2018 album The Mountain was another chart topper, and amidst its laid-back vibes and appearances by the Brothers Osborne and Brandi Carlile is a record inspired by the natural beauty of Colorado. It’s a confident LP that suggests Bentley will continue to produce hits.
— Nathan Weinbender