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Rarely does a singer/songwriter reveal as much honesty and assurance as Eric Church does on his debut album. Musically and lyrically, "Sinners Like Me" is this young North Carolina native's sonic autobiography--bone-rattling country rockers that speak of his roots and upbringing, reflective story-songs that reveal a songwriter wise beyond his years, and above all, an artist who knows who he is, and brings all his passion, intellect and talents to this debut project.

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Newcomer Eric Church, the pride of Granite Falls, North Carolina, arrives with his first album--on which he wrote or co-wrote all 12 cuts--as a man worth watching. Sinners Like Me puts down roots in traditional country, and judging from its first single ("How 'Bout You"), Church might seem like a modern-day Charlie Daniels, crowing about blue-collar pride and covering his heart "when they fly that red, white, and blue." But several songs show him to be acutely aware of class lines and how the country is divided more into haves and have-nots than red and blue, and Church is no jingoistic redneck. He doesn't shy away from controversial subjects--the capital punishment of "Lightning" and the casual sex/pregnancy of "Two Pink Lines" may bring Steve Earle to mind--and his thoughtful, sensitive, and well-crafted songs, delivered in a hard-bitten baritone, show him to be as much poet as patriot. If "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag" (featuring a cameo by Merle Haggard himself) seems a bit too easy a reach, "The Hard Way," about the kind of regrets that forever haunt one's dreams, finds this Church spreading the much-needed gospel of honor and accountability. An impressive debut. --Alanna Nash

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listen  2. Sinners Like Me 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Can't Take It With You 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Livin' Part Of Life 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 18, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • ASIN: B000G1ALRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on July 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Starting in November of '05, there have been several debut releases by artists with a penchant for the traditional. It began (to the best of my recollection) with Ray Scott's MY KIND OF MUSIC, and proceeded through albums by Jamey Johnson and Trent Tomlinson (there are probably others I'm unaware of, or have simply forgotten; my appologies). Eric Church's SINNERS LIKE ME carries on this tradition of traditionalism, with an album that is real, pure, and unadulterated country music.

Don't believe me? Check out the opening number, with the classic line: "Jesus is gonna come back before she does." Or "Two Pink Lines," about the anxiety two teens face waiting for pregnancy test results ("One means none and we're home free/Two means three and a diamond ring"). There's "Lightning," about a man on his way to the electric chair; there's the heartache and regret of "The Hard Way," "These Boots," and "What I Almost Was." Even "Pledge Allegiance To the Hag" manages to remain mostly un-cheesy (the appearance made by Merle himself isn't much of a surprise, though, and a tad bit unecessary).

SINNERS LIKE ME is a stellar country album. Eric Church is a promising new singer/songwriter...he wrote or co-wrote all the tracks on this album, and his voice is rugged and home-grown...much like the Hag's, actually. There is a traditional outlaw bent in the arrangement; there's a brutal honesty in the lyrics; there's a yearning in the vocals; and there's some great country music on this album. Church may go far (his debut single, "How 'Bout You," somehow managed to catch radio listeners' ears, an astounding feet for a traditional tune of independence), or he may not...whatever the results, he's country through and through. God willing and any luck, he'll be a star, and help bring country music back to its roots. Until that day, we have SINNERS LIKE ME, one of the best albums to come out yet this year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Copotaxi Iguazu on August 15, 2006
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I bought this CD because I liked "how 'bout you." If you liked that song you won't be dissapointed. I didn't know it before I bought the CD, but he wrote/co-wrote every song. I like every song on this CD. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jared Hadam on August 21, 2006
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Country music is supposed to be the music of the blue collar worker, the anthem of everyday people, and that's exactly how Eric Church sings it. His first radio single, "How 'Bout You", is a country song to the core, with a beat very like Dierks Bentleys' "Lot Of Leavin' Left To Do". "Before She Does", "Sinners Like Me", and "Pledge Allegiance To the Hag" all echo the same message in different ways; hard work, belief in God, American and blue collar pride, and rocking country. Every song is good, with "Two Pink Lines", a song about teenage 'troubles' (ie is she pregnant)and "What I Almost Was", a song expressing thanks for not doing what seemed to be best at the time, being especially noteworthy. If you like Toby Keith or Aaron Tippin (blue collar singers), you will like Eric Church. In my opinion, this is the best album thus far this year, and I hope that Church will be just as good in his next album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Horton on July 21, 2006
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I heard Eric Church the first time live in Minneapolis at the annual Aquatennial celebration concert. He was very genuine and friendly, and he explained his personal connection to every song and the history behind how he wrote the song. His singing is amazing, and his live performance is the best I have seen in several years! I recommend the album and I look forward to his success in entering the country music scene.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By georgew84 on February 14, 2007
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I recently bought the album "Sinners Like Me" and let me tell ya, it's a good one!!!! I liked what I heard on the radio: "How 'bout You" and "Two Pink Lines", so thought I'd give it a shot. Those songs are great, but there are actually others that I like even better!! The first lyrics of the first track really open the album well: "I believe that gas is too damn high, ain't nothin' more American than Momma's apple pie..." I'm not going to preview each track for you, but I will tell you that there are several stand out tracks: "Before She Does" "Sinners Like Me" "What I almost Was" "The Hard Way" and "Livin' Part of Life" Those are just my favorites, the other tracks are great too!!! If you like good ole real country music, you'll like this album. Church has a great voice and this album is well produced. It's got some slower songs as well as some upbeat party songs that'll really get your boots tapping along. If "Livin' Part of Life" doesn't make you want to sing along or get up and karaoke, there's something wrong with you!! It's a really fun, easy song that's hard not to like!!!! This cd will make you forget your worries for 47 minutes Preview the tracks and you'll see what I mean. Fun cd all around!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ScottE on November 2, 2012
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Eric Church's 1st album "Sinners Like Me", is one of the best country-rock cd's, put out there in a long time. Jay Joyce does a tremendous job producing this great album. Eric was 28 at the time of this release, and i knew he would have a good future in upcoming years. Here you get 12 great tracks in, the smokin' "Before She Does", the title track #51, that should of been a big hit (radio programmers still don't understand Eric Church). "Lightning", which is a fantastic song, kind of like the movie "The Green Mile", the lyrics here are just beyond excellent. The banjo picking of "How Bout You", his first hit #14, the many roads of "These Boots", the reflection of what life could of been on "What I Almost Was", his third top 40 hit "Guys Like Me" #17, great single should of hit top 5. "Pledge Allegiance To The Hag", about the legend Merle Haggard, great in concert song, the chorus is great in "Tip our hats and raise our glasses of cold cold beer". The melodic "Can't Take It With You", his 2nd big hit "Two Pink Lines", #19, a super story song, fun stuff, with good harmonica work by Michael Rapheal, and the strutting of "Livin' Part Of Life". This is a classic debut by Eric Church!
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Church was great this past weekend at JITH. I like these upstarts who are playing a little more "real" country music/southern rock (I'm thinking about Ray Scott, Trent Tomlinson & PNH), conjuring up the sounds of Waylon and Skynard.
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