This midlevel country dude, one of Nashville’s most detail-oriented songwriters, peppers his third album, Chief, with so many proper nouns — Waylon and Springsteen, Jack Daniel’s and Jesus — that it’s sometimes hard to hear ?Eric Church through all the neo-outlaw hero worship. Yet when he clears out some room for himself, as on the beautifully bleary ”Hungover & Hard Up,” the honesty of his confessions can sear: ”The hurt keeps ?calling me,” he sings over warm Muscle Shoals-style guitar. ”Come on out — we got you surrounded.” B
HAIL TO THE CHIEF Church instills a heavy helping of hero worship into his latest album (John Peets)
Genre: Country; Lead Performer: Eric Church; Music Label: EMI Records Nashville
Posted July 20 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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