While the title of this article appears to be critical of Chief & EC I'm damn proud of what this critic seems to find as a weakness in Chief. My favorite songs from Chief seem to be too "macho" for this writer..wth? Keep up the good work Eric!
Church a little too macho on new CD
Written by Michael McCall, The Associated Press
Eric Church, "Chief" (EMI Records Nashville)
Most country music tough guys balance their snarl with lighter moments.
But rising country music star Eric Church swaggers and scowls through his third album, "Chief," without easing the bare-knuckled attitude with novelty tunes or love ballads.
There's none of Toby Keith's humor, Trace Adkins' sensitive ballads or Jamey Johnson's probing self-examination.
More than ever, Church's songs revolve around drinking ("Jack Daniels," "Drink In My Hand") and fighting ("Keep On"). But the relentlessly macho attitude wears thin over 11 songs, even with detours into songs toasting musical idols ("Springsteen") and bemoaning the stale state of his chosen music genre ("Country Music Jesus").
Church's ace-in-the-hold is producer Jay Joyce, who brings unusual rhythms and fresh arrangements to the rock-influenced songs. When "Chief" works, as on the opening "Creepin"' and the album's first hit "Homeboy — a moralistic lecture to a wayward brother — Church joins singers Jamey Johnson and Jason Aldean in showing how country music can move into the future with substance and integrity.
But too much of "Chief" forces its belligerence, like the roughneck cowering at the end of the bar who never smiles or offers a tender word.
Michael McCall must not know country music! Eric Church's music is the Heart of Country Music! "Chief" is an AWESOME CD! :-)
"But too much of "Chief" forces its belligerence, like the roughneck cowering at the end of the bar who never smiles or offers a tender word."
What's wrong with that?! ;)
What this guy doesn't like about Eric is what we like about this album...
Wow, that was not nice, lol.