Desperate Man

Desperate Man

by Eric Church

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Overview

Don't take the title Desperate Man too seriously. Eric Church doesn't sound at the end of his rope on his sixth album; he sounds settled in his skin, assured that he doesn't have to try too hard. Which isn't to say he doesn't try on Desperate Man -- quite the opposite, actually. Church may not be working with a grand concept, the way he did on 2015's semi-autobiographical statement of purpose, Mr. Misunderstood, but he does stretch himself musically, threading elements of funk and soul into his signature sinewy outlaw country. Such sounds aren't foreign to Church but he's emphasizing these sounds, naming the album after a thick, swampy collaboration with Ray Wylie Hubbard -- a country maverick he name-checked on "Mr. Misunderstood" -- and front-loading the album with such similar rockers as "The Snake" and "Hangin' Around." Elsewhere, he slides into a simmering Southern soul groove, epitomized by the bluesy "Higher Wire," which dodges clichés due to its spare, echoey production. That's a small touch, but it speaks volumes about what Church is doing with Desperate Man. Instead of going big, the way he did on 2014's burly Outsiders, he's keeping things small, a decision that highlights the many savvy ways he expands American musical traditions even as he adheres to them. Perhaps these variations on themes are subtle, but this confident sense of sonic adventure -- when combined with Church's expert craft -- results in a satisfying album.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2018
Label: Emi Nashville
UPC: 0602567741299
catalogNumber: 002873302
Rank: 2348

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Church   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jeff Cease   Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping
Jay Joyce   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Hammond B3
Craig Wright   Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Hand Clapping,Shaker
Lee Hendricks   Bass,Hand Clapping
Joanna Cotten   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Driver Williams   Electric Guitar
Jeff Hyde   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Ray Wylie Hubbard   Composer
Jay Joyce   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Anders Osborne   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Clint Daniels   Composer
Jason Hall   Engineer
Bobby Pinson   Composer
Eric Church   Composer
Arturo Buenahora   Executive Producer
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Travis Meadows   Composer
Scooter Carusoe   Composer
Jeff Hyde   Composer

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