Dierks Bentley – “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes”
Dierks Bentley has been riding high on the charts lately, with the first two singles from Feel That Fire reaching #1. So this seems like the perfect time to go for a home run and release either “Beautiful World” or “Last Call,” right? D’oh!
Instead Dierks lays up with the most forgettable single he’s had since “My Last Name”–a single so forgettable, in fact, that I have to listen to it on a constant loop while I’m writing this review just to keep it fresh in my mind. Depending on your perspective, that might be considered a plus.
The lyrics of “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes” are decent, though far from exceptional, and could make for an enjoyable experience if the performer acted like he was even remotely interested in what he’s singing.
Bentley has shown a great deal of proficiency on romantic ballads in the past, and when he really wants to he can melt hearts with the format’s best crooners. Here, he sounds as though co-producer Brett Beavers pulled him out of bed early in the morning, put a microphone in front of him and told him to make it quick because Luke Bryan needs to use the studio in 20 minutes. This is what “Come a Little Closer” would sound like if an automaton with no concept of human emotions performed it.
Bentley says he wants to make me close my eyes, and with this song he most certainly did. “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes” will be a hit, but as soon as its chart run is over, we’ll all act as though it had never existed. It’s a frustrating development from an artist who has shown a great deal of talent and potential but now seems content to coast in the wake of his past success.
On the plus side, there’s more steel guitar here than most songs in the top 40, so he’s got that going for him.
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