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If I could give it 9 stars I would. This is a great album. Eric Church transcends country music.
on February 13, 2014
If you like regular old run-of-the-mill cookie-cutter pop-country - please do not buy this album and give it a negative review. This is not regular country music. It's all kinds of music wrapped into one album. Of the 12 songs, 9 of them are excellent. The rest are still better than anyone else's album "filler" in the industry. Some of the songs do take a couple listens to really hear what it's about. For example, I was NOT a fan of Creepin on Chief. But after 3 or 4 trips through I was grooving on it. There are a few of those here too. I am a die hard Church choir member. I've loved just about everything he's ever done. THIS album is better than country. It's above any one single genre. It's a variety pack. It has everything from traditional country to bluegrass, to southern rock, to 60's rock, to pop, to funk to psychedelic rock. Some songs have multiple genres within the same song. And he rocks it. None of them are out of place. I don't think this album will ever get old because of the variety he employs.
In this album I hear lots of different musical influences. Allman Brothers, Black Sabbath, John Mellencamp, Michael Jackson, Grateful Dead, Jimmy Buffet, Waylon, Hank Jr, Garth...... That's a lot of great sounds.
Again, I caution you - do not buy this if you are looking for a contemporary/pop-country cookie cutter sound. That's not what you'll get. You will get rocking songs that you will become emotionally attached to because they relate to your life. And I know I don't even need to mention that these are HIS songs. NOT some song that he bought from a writer that means nothing to him to sing. You can feel his connection to the song and that makes me like it just a little more.
The best TRUE ARTIST in all of music right now is Eric Church. Buy this album.