Sinners Like Me

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On the sizzling, fuzzed-out "How 'Bout You," Eric Church asks, "I know where I come from / How 'bout you?" Well, where he comes from is a tough, uncompromising blue-collar life where the battle for respect is waged daily. He's got his share of regrets over leaving a good woman behind (the rustic, fiddle-rich "These Boots"); doesn't kid himself about getting a second chance ("I believe that Jesus is coming back / Before she does," he declares in a thumping, stomping southern rock workout, "Before She Does"); and learns the hard way that clichés aren't always true, as when his ex packs up the house and leaves -- "Can't Take It with You," indeed. Newcomer Church, who wrote ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On the sizzling, fuzzed-out "How 'Bout You," Eric Church asks, "I know where I come from / How 'bout you?" Well, where he comes from is a tough, uncompromising blue-collar life where the battle for respect is waged daily. He's got his share of regrets over leaving a good woman behind (the rustic, fiddle-rich "These Boots"); doesn't kid himself about getting a second chance ("I believe that Jesus is coming back / Before she does," he declares in a thumping, stomping southern rock workout, "Before She Does"); and learns the hard way that clichés aren't always true, as when his ex packs up the house and leaves -- "Can't Take It with You," indeed. Newcomer Church, who wrote or co-wrote the dozen songs on his debut, delights in wordplay, like the master he celebrates in the thundering "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag" (on which the ol' Merle himself makes a guest appearance); moreover, even with his lived-in baritone and gritty attitude, he'll go into self-deprecating mode when reflecting on a turbulent love life. Populist and traditionalist in sensibility, with a deep seam of fundamental rock 'n' roll in his hard-country stylings, Eric Church sounds like he's in it for the long haul.
All Music Guide - Todd Sterling
At a time when country music was sliding deeper and deeper into a soulless pop rut, Capitol Records Nashville took a chance on North Carolina native Eric Church and his hard-edged music. With one foot planted firmly in the Haggard tradition and the other in the outlaw style of Waylon and Hank Jr., Church stormed onto the charts with his debut album, Sinners Like Me. He grew up listening to the old-school sounds of the Hag and his outlaw brethren, but he also had one ear tuned to the rock & roll sounds rumbling from the other side of the tracks. Sinners Like Me is a cool country-rock hybrid that is far removed from the lameness that is usually associated with the 21st century country music scene. The boot stomping grit of "Before She Does," an electric guitar steeped number that has Church wailing that Jesus will be back before the girl who left him high and dry will, sets the tone for the entire disc. Raw and real pretty much sums up the 11-track collection. One minute Church is reflecting on an old pair of boots that have seen him through many hard times on the mandolin smoked "These Boots," the next he's slipping into the skin of a death row inmate in his final moments on the lump-in-the-throat "Lightning." If you look up the word "authentic" in the dictionary, you just might see a picture of Eric Church.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2006
  • Label: Liberty
  • UPC: 724356074521
  • Catalog Number: 60745
  • Sales rank: 8,046

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Church Primary Artist, Choir, Chorus
Giles Reaves Djembe, Shaker, Pump Organ, Marimbula
Brett Beavers Choir, Chorus
Richard Bennett Electric Guitar
Bruce Bouton Pedal Steel Guitar
Dan Dugmore Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris Feinstein Bass
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Jay Joyce Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Russ Pahl Pedal Steel Guitar
Tammy Rogers Fiddle
Jay Williams Choir, Chorus
Craig Wright Drums, Cajon
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Chris Thile Mandolin
Michael Raphael Harmonica
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Casey Beathard Choir, Chorus
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Jason Hall Tuba
Patricia Norman Choir, Chorus
Mark Hill Bass
Mindy Smith Background Vocals
Michael Patrick Heeney Choir, Chorus
Katherine Blasingame Choir, Chorus
Caldwell County Choir Choir, Chorus
Brandon Church Choir, Chorus
Kevin Heeney Choir, Chorus
Sean Heeney Choir, Chorus
Wally Mitchum Choir, Chorus
Ed Smoak Choir, Chorus
Jeremy Spillman Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Giles Reaves Engineer
Brett Beavers Composer
Jay Joyce Producer, Engineer
Victoria Shaw Composer
Debra Wingo Groomer
Deric Ruttan Composer
Casey Beathard Composer
Walt Wilkins Composer
Jason Hall Engineer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Wendy Stamberger Art Direction
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Trent Willmon Composer
Michael Patrick Heeney Engineer
Eric Church Composer
Arturo Buenahora Jr. Executive Producer
Brandon Church Composer
John Peets Management
Jeremy Spillman Composer
Liz Rose Composer
Marla Cannon-Goodman Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST CD EVER

    He is so personal and open and engaging. This is one of the best CD's I have ever owned. He pours it all out in the open. Love him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great entertainer !

    Just saw Eric Church live in concert--he is opening for Bob Seger and he is great live! Really enjoyed his performance and most of the songs on this album. Some great country rock like "Two pink lines" and "What I almost was."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Promising Debut

    Nice wordplay in the lyrics. Expecially on the opening cut. Who can resist "I Believe Jesus is Coming Back --- Before She Does." I believe on the first posted review that it's the first time I've seen Waylon and Kenny Rogers ??? listed side by-side-side as country greats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD!

    If you are looking for a CD that you can enjoy from the first song to the last song this is the cd. The lyrics are great and funny at the same time. Mr. Church is a great songwriter and it shows through in this album. You can tell he has been influenced by some of the greats in country music like Garth, Kenny Rogers, Waylon, etc. while making his own style and sound. This CD is worth a listen I think you will agree.

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