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Single Review: Eric Church – ‘The Outsiders’

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‘They’re the in-crowd, we’re the other ones. It’s a different kind of cloth that we’re cut from’, declares Eric Church at the beginning of his latest single The Outsiders. To whom Church is referring when he says the ‘in-crowd’, I’m not exactly sure. However, if for the purpose of this review we take it as meaning the current mainstream in country music, I certainly agree with the statement.

Eric Church - The OutsidersI don’t really mean to weigh in here on the debate over what constitutes ‘real’ country, but a great deal of the music being made under the banner these days sounds like nothing more than vapid pop with a bit of banjo in the background. When listening to The Outsiders, however, I spend no time deliberating over where Church’s allegiances lie.

That typical country vocal twang sits above some restrained guitar comping to kick the tune off. The effects applied to the guitar situates The Outsiders firmly in the contemporary from the get-go, however other elements of the track certainly hark back to some other large-scale acts of the past – not necessarily country acts though. The studio-contrived crowd participation in the chorus, for example, gives the song a stadium largeness of the kind I associate with some of AC/DC’s work.

The Outsiders, which surely has the capacity to rile up a crowd, is certain to become a compulsory component of Eric Church’s live repertoire, and of this fact there is a sly hint in the instrumental outro – there is a brief bit of guitar soloing that’s rather Freebird-esque, and I’m sure Church would love it if people were jokingly bellowing requests for his track at rock concerts for the next 30 years.

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