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The Outsiders

Eric Church Audio CD
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"I really see this album as a game-changer for us," Eric Church says of The Outsiders, his fourth album and the follow-up to his platinum breakthrough Chief. "I want people to understand that we're here and that we will be reckoned with."

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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00GFXRKHW
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Roller Coaster Ride 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Broke Record 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Like A Wrecking Ball 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. That's Damn Rock & Roll 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dark Side 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Devil, Devil (Prelude: Princess Of Darkness) 8:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Give Me Back My Hometown 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Joint 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 


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The Outsiders represents an audacious quantum leap for Eric Church. The aggressive set, which consists almost entirely of Church s compositions or co-compositions, finds the iconoclastic singer-songwriter guitarist covering a dizzying amount of musical and lyrical ground, taking advantage of a wide range of sonic options to construct an adventurous, consistently thrilling ride. The result is Church's most revealing, personally-charged statement yet and one that challenges many of the accepted rules of contemporary country music.

With The Outsiders Church channels the same rebellious spirit that's always been his trademark and with his longstanding live band providing forceful, distinctive backup Church delivers some of his most compelling performances to date.

The Outsiders kicks off in style with the title track, an urgent declaration of purpose that demonstrates theartist's sharper-than-ever songwriting skills, while underlining his deep and enduring relationship with his audience. That anthemic opener is answered by the spare, edgy solo performance "A Man Who Was Gonna DieYoung," one of several tracks that emphasize Church's raw, emotionally expressive guitar work.That yin/yang balance established by those two tracks sets the anything-goes tone for an unpredictable sonic excursion that encompasses such far-ranging creations as the rollicking, tongue-in-cheek "Cold One," the groove-intensive epics "Roller Coaster Ride" and "Broke Record," the sensitive, bittersweet "Talladega" and"Give Me Back My Hometown," the organ-driven classic soul ballad "Like A Wrecking Ball," the rowdy,
swaggering "That's Damn Rock & Roll" and the slyly evocative story-song "The Joint." Those tunes maintain the combination of emotional insight and hard-headed badass attitude that's long been a hallmark of Church's work. Perhaps the album's most daring move is a hauntingly resonant trilogy that's comprised of the tensely introspective "Dark Side," the vivid Shel Silverstein-penned fable "The Devil and Billy Markham" (the album's sole outside composition) and the menacing "Devil, Devil."

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good 26 Feb 2014
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To start with I wasn't sure, he's taken a new direction here. If you've got Chief and are expecting more of the same you may be disappointed.

After a few listens I'm completely hooked though. There's a strong rock influence throughout and some songs are quite dark.

Tracks like Rollercoaster Ride and Give Me Back My Hometown quickly become anthems I can't get out of my head.

Eric's passion and song writing excellence is evident throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock'N'Country'N'LoadsMore At It's Best!!!! 23 Mar 2014
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Eric has said that he hopes/want/intend his music to fit into any specific expectations and "genres" - he DOES that here!!!! It's just great!!! Some fantastic rockers (really - they DO ROCK big time!!!)), sublime, touching story-songs that tick every box, even a spoken word track (don't be afraid - FAB stuff) that are just lovely listening. It really is all here. OK - it may not sound like the "landmark" hit breakthrough that was "CHIEF" at some points, but what could be, and why should it???? Gotta move on.............and Eric is running fine on here, with an absolutely superb Band behind him. Also, MUST say, saw these Guys in Manchester on recent tour of UK - BOOM!!!!!!! Blew the place the apart!!!! Recommended - HIGHLY!!!!!! Honest now..............
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a shame 1 May 2014
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I've got Sinners..., Chief and Carolina at home and was really starting to warm to Eric's style, and when this new one came out, I thought "great stuff."

I read reviews which mentioned "darker" "heavier" etc and that didn't bother me as I'm more of a rocker than a country fan myself.

However, and bearing in mind I have only given it one listen so far, I was very disappointed with The Outsiders. It almost sounds like a collection Eric put together from his student days while drunk and angry. Mumbling, grumbling, groaning and almost talking through much of it. Plenty of angst admittedly, but little melody and certainly no foot-tappers. The title track, heavy though it is, just doesn't put fire in the blood and tighten the belly like a good rock track should do, and I find it hard to highlight any of the other tracks that I liked, with perhaps the exception of "Give Me Back My Hometown" but even that sounds like it was painful for him to sing, and I don't mean in a spiritual way.

I really wanted to like it, and maybe it'll improve with more listens, but I'm finding it hard to WANT to listen to it again. I'm amazed it's got 14 5-star ratings at this point in time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Of all the forms of music which exist, and I have an extremely eclectic taste, Rock comes way down my list I'm afraid.
But, there is no doubt about it, that this new album is far more rock orientated than his previous albums, which I love.
It reminds me quite a lot of Alabama 3 and the Drive by Truckers.
There is also ne doubt that , whilst Chief pulled you in from the very first listen, Outsiders takes a couple more listens but please do not be put off by this. When people say this in reviews, I sometimes feel they are making apologies for the album and it often puts me off.
This is a different but nontheless, imposing Eric Church at his most assertive best. He has such a beautiful tone to his voice, especially in the higher notes, and his distinctive twang makes me reach for a beer from the fridge immediately to cool me down in that southern heat-and that's me living in Glasgow.
I was also very fortunate to be able to see Eric and his superb band last night in the 02 in Glasgow with just about a sell out crowd-not bad for a wet thursday!People came from all over Scotland too and there was a great mix of ages and appearances, with just a few red-checky shirts on display.
He played half and half new tracks and older ones and went down a storm-brilliant musicianship and vocals. It was a real delight to be at my first concert for 20 years( I have always hated the poor sound quality but things have obviuosly moved on)

I don't quite get why it is a darker album, as it surely is, as Eric obviously loves his wife, son , fans and his music. He SO enjoyed himself last night!! But there is clearly a darker side of him that he tries to keep in check.

I just love being in the ERic Church gang, and would recommend this album to the converted and the agnostics as well as the sceptics!!!
Regards
David
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5.0 out of 5 stars Change of Direction 4 April 2014
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Having been a long time fan of Eric Church this is quite different from his previous records in some ways but it's still wonderful. I saw Eric in London last month and he played a lot of this new music, as I was leaving Shepherds Bush i overheard someone say, what a fantastic concert, but I don't like his new CD obviously not realising that we had been treated to a good selection from it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounds 4 April 2014
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I brought this for my husband after hearing them on the radio. He loves the CD, he would recommend it as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Church - The Outsiders 3 April 2014
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Paul Jones on BBC Radio 2 introduced me to Eric Church. I was bowled over. Great rhythms, great lyrics and great music.
The sense of humour was an unexpected and very welcome bonus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 26 Mar 2014
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Loved listening to this album after seeing eric for a second time earlier this year, would def recommend it to anyone that enjoys a bit of modern country......
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