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Dierks Bentley: Long Trip Alone

Geoffrey Himes, Paste, 15 November 2006

"I HEAR PEOPLE TALK OF HEAVEN and how it's only for the precious few," Dierks Bentley croons on 'The Heaven I'm Headed To'. You can tell it's a mainstream-country track by the way every note from every instrument and singer is calculated and calibrated. But when Bentley's honeyed tenor shifts from somber reflection to bold assertion for the chorus, he declares that heaven is not nearly as restrictive as many on the Christian Right — and their allies on Music Row — might like us to believe. "In the heaven I'm headed to," he declares, "there's a place for preachers, thieves and prostitutes, saints and soldiers, beggars, kings and renegades."

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