Sinners Like Me

Sinners Like Me

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by Eric Church
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2006
Label:
Liberty
UPC:
0724356074521
catalogNumber:
60745
Rank:
4359

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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
Wendy Stamberger   Art Direction
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Trent Willmon   Composer
Michael Patrick Heeney   Engineer
Eric Church   Composer
Arturo Buenahora   Executive Producer
Brandon Church   Composer
John Peets   Management
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer
Marla Cannon-Goodman   Composer

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Sinners Like Me 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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."
koozie More than 1 year ago
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!