Dierks Bentley released his album, "Black," on Friday, May 27th and dropped "Different For Girls" just 24 hours ahead of that. Dierks has said previously that "Black" is a relationship album -- and with "Different For Girls," he proves just that very point. This song takes a different approach than we've heard before and is a great juxtaposition to "Somewhere On A Beach," which was his quickest-moving single and spent two weeks at #1. So how do you follow that up? With the woman's point of view. Bringing the real-life perspective of a woman with heart and grit and soul may not have required the addition of a female voice, but in Elle King, Dierks brings every ounce of heart and grit and soul to the story of a breakup. "Beach" may explain how a man gets over a break up...drinking all day, partying all night; getting sun, getting some. But "Different For Girls" tells the story of the woman left behind. "It's different for girls / When their hearts get broke / They can't tape it back together / With a whiskey and Coke / They don't take someone home / And act like it's nothin' / They can't just switch it off / Every time they feel something / A guy gets drunk with his friends, and he might hook up / Fast-forward through the pain, push 'em back when the tears come up / But it's different for girls." There's no sly wink or innuendo to this song. It's real, and true, and honest. It shows empathy and perspective, but with grit. It touches on the real strength of a woman, which is in her differences. We might be the fairer sex, but our abilities to feel and love and hurt and persevere are powerful. Dierks has been changed by the love of a woman; you can hear it in this song, and you can see her name on the cover of this album. "Different For Girls" is a hit. Don't believe me? Play it for a girl. I bet she'll agree with me.
Impacting: Monday, June 6th