Eric Church mixes southern rock, country with ‘The Outsiders’

Never one for following trends, country outlaw Eric Church has always brought a refreshing sound to country music. During a time when country rap is dominating the airways, Church’s new single “The Outsiders” is sure to turn some heads… in a good way.

“The Outsiders,” released at midnight ET, has an eerie southern rock blues sound that really draws you in. The slide guitar reminds me of Lynyrd Skynyrd while the vocal chants are reminiscent of the Motley Crüe gang vocals that rocked throughout the Eighties.

The vocals are introduced with a full spoken voice before Church goes into false setto at the end of the first verse.

The music is pretty haunting throughout, but becomes bombastic with the chorus when Church begins to sing in a loud voice, kind of like a classic Bruce Springsteen track, except on key. The listener is taken on a roller coaster ride of feel and emotion throughout before wrapping with a big southern rock-esque jam that puts us through several different tempo changes with different musical feelings. The track closes a retard and the slide guitar fading over “that’s who we are.”

If you’re familiar with Church’s work, you’ll hear a mix of “Creepin'” and “Homeboy,” from Church’s latest studio effort Chief, in the “The Outsiders.”

I give the track and A+ or 6 out if 5 stars because it brings a much needed change to the current state of country music and I’m always an advocate for country rock over country pop or rap. Church proves why it’s always best to be one of “The Outsiders.”

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Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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