Sunday, September 15, 2013
Concert review: Miranda Lambert charmed, Dierks Bentley cheesed in Dallas show
It wasn't a battle, but if it were, Lambert won handily.
DALLAS Amid a raucous Friday night set-list, Miranda Lambert captivated her swarm of fans with a moment during “Over You.” She looked overcome, whether by emotion or the enthusiastic response.
This was Lambert’s magic. With simple fanfare, her personality is what shone brightest at Gexa Energy Pavilion for her Dallas stop of the Locked and Reloaded Tour.
A montage of vintage female icons — many wearing cowboy hats — played for Lambert's walk out, set to Beyonce’s “Girls (Rule The World).” Her concert began with “Fastest Girl in Town,” and stirred the audience to a frenzy. Unfazed and with pink guitar and microphone, Lambert delivered without pretense. At 29 years old, the Longview native has astonishing wisdom to straddle the line between diva and human.
Lambert easily synced with the crowd thanks to her genuine appeal. With “Heart Like Mine” she charmed, then busted a simple move onstage.
After an exquisite delivery of “Me and Charlie Talking” and “Dead Flowers,” Lambert didn’t let her fans rest long on ballads. She and her band jolted the energy back into the amphitheater with “Mama’s Broken Heart,” when the ovations went into deafening overdrive.
Friday night was all Lambert’s, and not just because she nailed it with precision and enthusiasm. She never pandered or exploited her Texas roots status. On the flip side, Dierks Bentley relied on the oldest trick in the book. Not to say it didn’t work, but Bentley felt like he had to pepper in “Dallas, Texas!” as many times as possible to get the crowd into an uproar.
With an overabundance of sappy charm, Bentley felt artificial onstage, giving monologues about his hair and constantly pointing to the ladies in the front row.
At his most energetic, for “What Was I Thinkin’,” Bentley still never displayed heartfelt charisma. He was far more engaging with a guitar in hand when he and the band huddled together for a dramatic “Up on the Ridge,” but then he returned to Cheesetown with a corny back-story before performing his latest single “I Hold On.”
Bentley got his swoons and cheers, but his performance was ultimately forgotten once Lambert took over. And did she.