Desperate Man

Eric Church - Desperate Man
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #463 / 851
User Score
Based on 20 ratings
Liked by 2 people
October 5, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI Nashville / Label
Country / Genres / Website
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The Independent

Church has always fit with the classic image of the underdog, but Desperate Man has a grit that didn’t resonate so much on his previous albums.


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.


Desperate Man is good, but its sentimentality is cruder than his best work and lacks the sexual charisma that redeemed the last album. Church is usually more thoughtful than what he presents here.


I've been revisiting a lot of Eric's catalog recently in anticipation for his new album which will hopefully be dropping soon. I've been a stan of his since middle school and would consider him to be one of the artists I've "invested" in the most as a fan. Nowadays, as my music taste grows and grows, I keep my fingers crossed that Eric's albums will keep growing with me. I want to keep liking his new releases as much as I loved "Chief" and "The Outsiders" when they ... read more


Pals, idk how to explain it but EC is just... he's just.. he's fuckin great.


Pretty disappointed in this one to be honest. I really dug the lead single of this thing. "Desperate Man" was soulful and bluesy and awesome but the rest of the album is loaded with cheap country cliches. I was a big fan of Church's past three albums and really his whole career. This album, however, seems to be his least focused and least interesting. I'm sure Church fans will love this one as he has one of the most loyal fanbases in country music (a genre of loyal fanbases), but this ... read more

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Track List

  1. The Snake
  2. Hangin' Around
  3. Heart Like a Wheel
  4. Some of It
  5. Monsters
  6. Hippie Radio
  7. Higher Wire
  8. Desperate Man
  9. Solid
  10. Jukebox and a Bar
  11. Drowning Man
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Added on: July 14, 2018