Hit and miss. That’s how I would describe Eric Church’s singles choices over his career. It’s never in-between. I either really like the single or I hate it. Let’s take a look at the singles that have come from The Outsiders so far. First it was the album’s title track. The whole theme of this song made me not even take it seriously. Church’s whole schtick of being a rebel, outsider to the Nashville machine is a load of crap. He’s part of the system and while he may not do it exactly the way they like it, he’s nevertheless still a part of the machine. Then there was “Give Me Back My Hometown,” which to me had corny lyrics and a lackluster production. Plus the fact it’s a pop rock song. Church’s last two singles, “Cold One” and “Talladega,” I found to be good. Both were right in Church’s wheelhouse thematically and weren’t overproduced. That leads us to his newest single “Like A Wrecking Ball.”
Right away I can tell this is an overproduced mess. What stands out the most is Church’s voice. It sounds like he is singing underwater, in a hole and it’s pretty annoying. I don’t understand the point of making his voice sound like this and to me it adds absolutely nothing to the song. The premise of the song is it’s about Church being on the road for a while and coming home to make love to his wife. Now I understand this and there are many love songs along this line. Except this doesn’t come across as a love song. It comes across as a sex song. Just look at these lyrics and judge for yourself:
You… look at you send me one more shot sitting on a bathroom sink.
Damn you really turn me on painting your toenails pink.
Easy baby before you say but if I can make it just one more day, and
That old house is gonna be shaking.
I hope those bricks and boards can take it.
But I won’t be surprised if the whole damn place just falls.
I’m gonna rock you baby, like a wrecking ball.
This song should come off as romantic and sweet. Instead it comes off as crude and tasteless. Don’t get me wrong I have no problem with a sex song, but this song is using those type of lyrics in a song where it doesn’t belong. Throw in the production, along with a sound that once again isn’t very country and you have this cluster of a song. It’s really indicative of Church’s entire album, as it has no idea what it wants to be. It feels like it’s all over the place and I have no idea how I’m supposed to make a connection with it.
So this is definitely a big miss for me. “Like A Wrecking Ball” sounds like a song from a one-hit wonder, pop rock artist in the 80s. It’s not romantic nor sexy. It’s a hot mess from the productions to the lyrics to the vocals. If you’re an Eric Church fan, you probably don’t have a problem with this song. Most Church fans I’ve found have accepted the spacey, pop rock sound of The Outsiders. It’ll be interesting to see how this performs on the charts and radio. “Cold One” peaked at #20, but “Talladega” became a #1 hit. “Like A Wrecking Ball” is a song I wouldn’t recommend unless you’re a die-hard Church fan.