Feel That Fire (2009)

The fourth valuable work written by Dierks Bentley and co-produced by well-known producer Brett Beavers was called Feel That Fire (2009). American studio label “Capitol Records Nashville” released it on February 3, 2009. Brothers-songwriters Brett and Jim Beavers took part in writing songs for the record. Bentley wrote himself only two tracks, one of them; "I Can't Forget Her" was produced earlier by Clay Walker for his work “A Few Questions”. The album got a wide range of reviews from critics: from all music’s two stars to “A-" from “Independent Weekend”. One of the major daily newspapers Chicago Tribune gave it №1 in the best country album category. Furthermore, the record was put in many "Best Country of 2009" lists. Dierks Bentley album reached №1 in the U.S. Billboard Top Country and №3 in the U.S. Billboard 200. There were sold more than 327,000 copies by the end of 2010.

To promote the new success there were released three singles, which got a lot of appreciation either from audience or from critics. The first single has the same name as the album. Dierks Bentley produced it in September 2008. With the rhythms of electric guitar and bongo it got the deserved recognition and reached number 1 in US Hot Songs according to Billboard.


However, it had mixed reviews from critics. Alison Bonaguro wrote in CMT blog, that it had passion and gave aspiration. On the other side, Engine 145 reflected on the hit negatively describing it as the singing with a poor narrative. Dierk chose a very interesting way to promote the track – he sent over 2000 boxes of “Cracker Jack” popcorn to the different radio stations. The second track called “Sideways” was out on March 2, 2009. After two months from the release, it reached number 1 in Hot Country Songs chart, becoming Bentley’s seventh number one single in his career. The main topic of the lyrics – a man trying to speak to the woman in the bar – was not accepted positively by everyone. For example, CU’s Kevin J. Coyne rated this single “C” and told that the singing was uncomfortable to listen. The third hit from “Feel That Fire” to release was "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes". It is also one of the most played songs on every concert. The song is a marvelous ballad about love and relationship. It reached number 2 in US Hot Country according to Billboard and got mixed opinions from different sources. For example, Engine 145’s Andrew Lacy described ballad as boring and plain. There were produced three music videos.

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