Burning Man (feat. Brothers Osborne)

The MountainbyDierks Bentley

Released in 2018 / 2 tracks, 4 mins 1 sec

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"Burning Man (feat. Brothers Osborne)"

This uptempo bass drum thumper really gets the blood going, but not in an overload way which would wash out the nuances of the deft instrumentation. Bentley let’s the song ride for a few moments before entering lyrically; “half your life you struggle, half your life you fly, half your life makin' trouble, half your life makin' it right.” Unfortunately, as these lyrics illustrate, Country music tends to generalize quite often, and the whole 50-50 comparison composing the meat of your theme is pretty over-used in the genre. It would be preferable to stick to a topic and say something about it, rather than discuss everything under the son and thus prove less of a point. True, ‘you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.’ True, sometimes ‘you’re up and sometimes you’re down in life.’ Extremely boring subject. The chorus content keeps up the mediocrity; “I'm a little bit steady but still little bit rollin' stone, I'm a little bit heaven but still a little bit flesh-and-bone.” In describing some imperfection, at least some interest is squeezed out of the tail end of the chorus. “I'm a little bit holy water but still a little bit burning man, burning man.” The anti-hero, as painted here, is generally more intriguing to the listener than the squeakily clean hero. Bentley describes himself as a ‘Burning Man’, and this is at least sexy and interesting. But the path to get there is a little lame. More general lyrics describe ephemeral nonsense in the second verse; highways, never backing down, going a little bit ‘crazy’ sometimes; yawn. What is the conflict really, because it sounds like a guy just living a normal life. Some mystery peaks the listener’s interest in the bridge, with the lyrics “maybe I'll go to the desert, find myself in the Joshua Tree, if we pass in the night then just hand me a light, and tell me you burned just like me.” This seems to suggest that a kindred soul who is very much like him missed connecting at this geographical point, but how they gain knowledge of each other is hard to decipher from the words. Sounds cool though. Shakey text aside, the beat is pretty good, with a motoring thunderous beat that inspires adventure in the heart, and evokes images of rugged types who walk an ultimately true path after several forks in the road. To just listen to the melody is enough to enjoy the song, and for the people who completely accept the lyrics here, they will be all the more happy to quote word for word.

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Fusing the wonderfully down-to-earth Country Rock personas of the Brothers Osborne with Dierks Bentley’s more Pop-centric appeal, “Burning Man” is an upbeat, energetic adventure song about keeping your head above water & holding on to your roots, no matter what you may pick up along the way. They each bounce back & forth lyrically, trading lines about how far they’ve come on their collective journeys & how different everything seems now; Lines like “I always loved the highway, I just don’t run it as fast” or “I’m a little bit holy water but still a little but burning man” showcase how age has made them wiser, possibly even a bit more reserved than their younger selves, but they’ll never let go of what made them who they are to begin with – In a way it’s the same old don’t-forget-your-roots narrative touted by all southern tough-boys, but the spirit of adventure showcased here is so much more convincing, like they’re still just as much rough & tumblers as they were back in the day.
That’s the other thing about this song – It’s absolutely brimming with forward momentum, the kind of energy you just don’t get in a lot of modern productions; From the off-tempo guitar riffs to the full-stop breaks the entire band will take between phrases to accentuate a lyric, everyone seems fully invested in the composition of this narrative, whether they’re the frontman or just a supportive instrumentalist. You can generally tell when a modern track has been wholly crafted in the studio, far too precise like a Jason Aldean number or incredibly formulaic like a Kenny Chesney tune, so the bright & expressive sense of life in this track is refreshing, feeling like an organically-conceived amalgamation of every member’s talents, complete with their quirks & individual attitudes. It’s worth mentioning that Bentley’s vocal performance is a little bit under par when compared to his usual givings, made ever clear by the way in which T.J. Osborne commands the scene once it’s time for his verse, but together they provide an entertaining performance featuring two of the best voices in the younger generation of Country Rock music.

camjameson
Written by @camjameson from Extraneous Routes

“Burning Man” represents the best there is in progressive, emotionally-impactful Country Rock nowadays, holding on to the more intricate analog instrumentation of the early-noughties & the old-school drifter tones of even older Ameripolitan tunes, a seemingly perfect tune in an age of over-processed Pop tracks with far too many digital components to exist in the rural nature of true Country music. Praises have been shared of how well Bentley & the Osbornes meld together, complimenting each other’s styles with heartfelt performances & warm-toned voices that just seem to have been made for each other, like peanut butter & tomatoes…wait, that’s wrong, peanut butter & jelly. What hasn’t been discussed is how these Artists managed to transport this tale of perseverance & human ingenuity from an audio-only experience to one of a visual nature, producing a music video that not only entertains but enhances the listener’s experience, providing an endearingly positive real-life scenario in which a man literally overcomes some of the largest obstacles one could ever face; His mother dies, he loses his faith in music & he becomes obese which leads to a heart attack, finally turning himself around & getting healthy, returning to music & eventually entering himself in a marathon as a way of validating his progress back to sanity.
While the video itself semi-chronicles the man’s journey, it is interspliced with epic shots of Bentley & friends out on a pasture as they play their instruments with the most beautiful mountain range in the distance, a series of shots that really sell the whole shoot-for-the-stars vibe of encouragement that the song is all about; Maybe it’s the fact that everyone looks so resolute & confident in their stances, or that the composition of the shot feels like a pro-America poster about living in the land of the free, but these shots do wonders when paired with the upliftingly powerful music which lay beneath. As the video rolls on, viewers are treated with the occasional shot of the marathon-man training, showcasing his will to press on & the immense spirit he’s fighting with, an effective visual to see as it supports the storyline of “Burning Man” while remaining tethered to the reality of some blue-collar man, giving viewers much more to relate to than if they had simply used actors to portray this man’s story – You could certainly write this video off as yet-another Country production focused on the underdog learning to stand on his own, but it does so with such grace & style that it seems to bolster everything positive about Bentley’s musical performance, becoming a strong piece of media that will stand the test of time simply for being more memorable than your average uplifting story experience.

camjameson
Written by @camjameson from Extraneous Routes

Lyrics

"Burning Man (feat. Brothers Osborne)"

[Verse 1]
Half your life you struggle
Half your life you fly
Half your life makin' trouble
Half your life makin' it right
One day I'm the exception
Most days I'm just like most
Some days I'm headed in the right direction
And some days I ain't even close

[Chorus]
I'm a little bit steady but still little bit rollin' stone
I'm a little bit heaven but still a little bit flesh-and-bone
Little found, little don't-know-where-I-am
I'm a little bit holy water but still a little bit burning man
Burning man

[Verse 2: TJ Osborne]
I always loved the highway
I just don't run it as fast
I still go wherever the wind blows me
But I always find my way back
I still don't get it right sometimes
I just don't get it as wrong
I still go a little bit crazy sometimes
Yeah, but now I don't stay near as long

[Chorus]
I'm a little bit steady but still little bit rollin' stone
I'm a little bit heaven but still a little bit flesh-and-bone
Little found, little don't-know-where-I-am
I'm a little bit holy water but still a little bit burning man
Burning man
Still just a burn, burn, burning man
Still just a burning man

[Bridge]
Maybe I'll go to the desert
Find myself in the Joshua Tree
If we pass in the night then just hand me a light
And tell me you burned just like me

[Chorus]
I'm a little bit steady but still little bit rollin' stone
I'm a little bit heaven but still a little bit flesh-and-bone
Little found, little don't-know-where-I-am
I'm a little bit holy water but still a little bit burning man
Burning man
Still just a burn, burn, burning man
Just a burning man
Still just a burn, burn, burning man
Just a burning man

[Outro]
Just a burning man
Burning man, burning man

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"Burning Man (feat. Brothers Osborne)"

Songwriter

Dierks Bentley

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  • Capitol Nashville

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  • Ross Copperman
  • Jon Randall

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"Burning Man" is a song written by Bobby Pinson and Luke Dick and recorded by American country music singer Dierks Bentley as a duet with American country music duo Brothers Osborne. It was released in May 2018 as the second single from Bentley's 2018 album The Mountain.
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