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Sinners Like Me
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 18, 2006
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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
on August 16, 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
on August 22, 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
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
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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2007
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Just a great country CD. From beginning to end it's just great. The 3 songs I've heard on the radio (How 'Bout You, Two Pink Lines, and Guys Like Me) aren't even close to my favorite songs but are still great songs.

With a great country anthem like "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag", a great ballad type song in "Sinners Like Me" and bunch of other tunes that will all get your toes tapping and your head noddin' like "These Boots", "Can't Take it with you" and the goofy soundy yet oddly good finisher "Livin' Part of Life".

Would highly recommend people go out and buy this guy's CD. I haven't liked any CD this much in a long time. Go buy it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2007
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I saw Eric Church live in concert. He was the opening act. I though he was so good that I wanted to get his CD. I don't buy a lot of CDs for myself. I have to like over half the songs before I will waste my money. I loved every song he sang. When I played the CD, it was okay, but let me tell you Eric Church sounds so much better live in concert then on CD. It's usually the other way around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2014
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How can anyone say there is a "best" Church CD? Of his four, and I play them to the point of annoying my family, this one gets played most. I'm not a big fan of the "new" country, I grew up on classic rock, southern rock, and country classics like waylon, Willie, hank Jr., David Allen Coe. Church IMO is cut from that cloth and this album kicks butt!
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on November 11, 2006
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WOW! Thats about it. If you ONLY love the popish side of country (Emerson Drive, recent Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, and a even some Rascal Flatts)look away... nothing to intrest you. If you like your country soulful, traditional with a touch of rebel/southern rock country then Eric Church can help.

Not Since Joe Nichols', Dierks Bentley's, or Brad Paisley's debuts have I really been taken-in by the songwriting, message, melody, and subject matter of a new artist. I just can't say enough this album is amazingly crafted. I ask that people please support music like this... these albums are becoming scarce.

Every track is solid, but my favorites are the 3 track currently being played on satellite and terrestrial radio... "Before She Does" "How 'Bout You" and "Two Pink Lines." I am also quite fond of "These Boots" "Lighting" "Can't Take It With You" "Pledge Allegiance To The Hag" and "Livin Part Of Life." Yeah, thats most of the album... I told you this was a solid product.

Church excels in storytelling and covering topics at real people can relate to, and not just "she left me" type of tune thats been rehashed for 12 tracks. Search for the lyrics to these songs and you will quickly see. From graduating high-school and becoming a man (What I Almost Was and The Hard Way), unwanted pregnacy( Two Pink Lines), a man about to be electrocuted for commiting murder (Lightning), ranting about bills politics and failed love (Before She Does), taking a break from lifes grind (Livin part of Life), being true to yourself (How Bout You) and a tune for the folks like me that miss real country (Pledge Allegiance To The Hag).

Ok now stop reading, buy this album and prove me right!
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