Feb 11, 2014On his fourth studio album, the terrifyingly creative The Outsiders, Eric Church pulls off what so many before him have tried: successfully merging the bedrock sounds of country music (plinking banjo, crying Dobro and a Hank Williams twang) with those of seemingly disparate genres like rock, heavy metal and especially R&B to create an utterly unique product.
Feb 10, 2014Mostly he surprises, whether rapping in "That's Damn Rock & Roll" or constructing "Roller Coaster Ride" like its name, driving to a chorus so suddenly airy you can feel your stomach drop. As with all of The Outsiders' thrills, it's both thumpingly obvious and exquisitely executed.
Positive: 3 out of 3
Mixed: 0 out of 3
Negative: 0 out of 3
Mar 20, 2014Here's a guy that is challenging contemporary country music. In a time when we usually listen to 'bro-country', Mr. Church decided to take the artistic way on his own. It's like he took "Chief" and figured out a way of how to take it to the next level, in his own terms, meaning in a rock and obscure kinda way. The thing about Church's work is that he has learned over the years how to translate his lyrics with the music. He makes it clear with the first single "The Outsiders" that he wants to set the difference between him and his contemporaries. Then he showcases his vulnerability in "A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young". And then he opens up about his artistry with tracks like "Cold One", "Broke Record", "That's Damn Rock & Roll" and the obscure "Devil, Devil (Prelude: Princess of Darkness)". And just in case you wanted a song reminiscent of his previous works, you have "Give Me Back My Hometown".
With this album, Church set the bar for all the country artists releasing an album this year… Expand
May 28, 2014To call this album a mixed bag is a big understatement. While The Outsiders definitely has enough quality songs to be worthwhile (overlooking some of the cheesy pseudo-outlaw posturing), it also has its fair share of baffling clunkers, and the way it shifts so drastically in feel from track to track makes this one of the least focused albums I've heard in a while.
(To see a more in-depth track-by-track review, look up "Spin It! Reviews" on YouTube.)… Expand
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