Chief

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Contemporary country singer and songwriter Eric Church has been on a roll since 2006. He's had a slew of charting singles and albums, won Top New Solo Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards for 2010, and in early 2011, both the Caldwell County EP and "Homeboy" -- the pre-release single for Chief -- hit number 13 on the chart. That said, he hasn't reached the commercial heights -- yet -- that peers such as Jason Aldean and Justin Moore have. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, because Church is having it both ways: he scores consistently enough to keep his label interested, but also maintains his independence to a degree, which turns on his fans. Church co-wrote 10 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Contemporary country singer and songwriter Eric Church has been on a roll since 2006. He's had a slew of charting singles and albums, won Top New Solo Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards for 2010, and in early 2011, both the Caldwell County EP and "Homeboy" -- the pre-release single for Chief -- hit number 13 on the chart. That said, he hasn't reached the commercial heights -- yet -- that peers such as Jason Aldean and Justin Moore have. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, because Church is having it both ways: he scores consistently enough to keep his label interested, but also maintains his independence to a degree, which turns on his fans. Church co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs on Chief. Once more teamed with producer/guitarist/bandleader Jay Joyce, he delivers a collection that, on the one hand, stays close to his outlaw pose -- in the new contemporary country sense of the term -- while being firmly entrenched in the music's mainstream. "Homeboy" offers a taste of the kinds of streetwise characters Church seems to prefer to write and sing about (even if they are him at times), though the production is atypical of the rest of the set. "I'm Gettin' Stoned" commences with a National Steel guitar and a thumping tom-tom before winding its way into neo-blues-rock before pulling in the reins; his lyrics bemoan the fact that an ex is getting married while he's left to get wasted alone. It's a new kind of "cryin' in your beer" song. "Drink in My Hand," with its ringing, open '70s rock guitars (why does everyone these days ape the opening of Little Feat's "Easy to Slip?"), and sharp crackling snare, defiantly state that no matter how oppressive his boss is, he cannot ruin the experience of his own cold beer once the work day is done. "Springsteen" isn't so much about the Boss as it is a nostalgic ode to an early love and the memory of the legendary songwriter's music as an accompanying soundtrack to it. It's a clever, if somewhat cloying, tune, but it gets the feeling across in spades. "Country Music Jesus" is a paean and a prayer, a rockist wish for a "long haired hippie prophet who preaches from the book of Johnny Cash" to save what's left of the tradition, and then evokes the spirit of Charlie Daniels to underscore it. Chief is defiant, well-conceived, and more carefully executed than it sounds, with some excellent songs. While it doesn't break any new ground and remains firmly entrenched in contemporary country's geography, it evokes the riled-up, bluesy hard country rock sound of Hank Jr. enough that it separates Church from the genre's other practitioners who are attempting the same thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • Label: Liberty
  • EAN: 5099909426627
  • Catalog Number: 94266
  • Sales rank: 449

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Creepin' (3:52)
  2. 2 Drink in My Hand (3:11)
  3. 3 Keep On (2:38)
  4. 4 Like Jesus Does (3:18)
  5. 5 Hungover & Hard Up (2:53)
  6. 6 Homeboy (3:47)
  7. 7 Country Music Jesus (3:52)
  8. 8 Jack Daniels (5:04)
  9. 9 Springsteen (4:23)
  10. 10 I'm Gettin' Stoned (4:02)
  11. 11 Over When It's Over (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Church Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar
Giles Reaves Vibes
Pat McLaughlin Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Steve Fishell Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Jay Joyce Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Craig Wright Percussion, Drums
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Lee Hendricks Bass
Jason Hall Background Vocals
Joanna Cotten Background Vocals
Alfreda McCrary Lee Background Vocals
Jedd Hughes Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Regina McCrary Background Vocals
Shelly Fairchild Background Vocals
Charlie Worsham Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Luke Laird Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Hyde Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Background Vocals
Stephanie Chapman Background Vocals
Jonathan Singleton Background Vocals
Ryan Tyndell Background Vocals
Jaime King Background Vocals
Beverly Ann McCrary Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jay Joyce Producer, Engineer
Casey Beathard Composer
Monty Criswell Composer
Jason Hall Engineer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Eric Church Composer
Arturo Buenahora Jr. Executive Producer
John Peets Management
Jeremy Spillman Composer
Lynn Hutton Composer
Marv Green Composer
Luke Laird Composer
Jeff Hyde Composer
Michael Heeney Composer
Ryan Tyndell Composer
Jeremy Crady Composer
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    Posted August 27, 2012

    very few albums now-a-days truly rate 5 stars, but this one defi

    very few albums now-a-days truly rate 5 stars, but this one definately does!

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    Posted December 25, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!!

    Full of energy and humor!

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