12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Eric Church’s notorious bad-boy attitude was already firmly in place on his debut. He evokes Steve Earle on the waltz-time title track, matching melodic poignancy with maverick mythos, and adds a dash of Waylon Jennings on country-rocking stomp “How ‘Bout You.” Church serves up a rough ‘n’ ready salute to the original country outlaw on “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” and shows his storytelling knack with the Springsteen-worthy, steady-rocking pregnancy-scare tale “Two Pink Lines.” Not a bad place to start at all.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Eric Church’s notorious bad-boy attitude was already firmly in place on his debut. He evokes Steve Earle on the waltz-time title track, matching melodic poignancy with maverick mythos, and adds a dash of Waylon Jennings on country-rocking stomp “How ‘Bout You.” Church serves up a rough ‘n’ ready salute to the original country outlaw on “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” and shows his storytelling knack with the Springsteen-worthy, steady-rocking pregnancy-scare tale “Two Pink Lines.” Not a bad place to start at all.

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