Let me start by saying upfront that I’m an Eric Church fan. I’ve always enjoyed his music… and caught a fantastic performance of his at the 2012 Guthrie’s River Ruckus.
Even though I consider myself an Eric Church fan I’ll admit that it took me awhile before I spent the time to listen through his entire Mr. Misunderstood album. Now that I have, the album has been stuck on repeat… in both my head and my speakers.
In the off chance that you’re like me… and late to the Mr. Misunderstood album party… I thought I’d share my review.
Album Review: Mr. Misunderstood
This is a great album from start to finish! Musically, I feel it builds on Church’s previous albums. You hear hints of past albums as he continues to push his music forward.
One of the things I appreciate most about this album is the different layers. Every time I listen to it I’ll hear something new and different. It might be a guitar riff, tambourine, or background vocal… but they are all layered to perfection.
Eric Church carries the “country” label but I’d say this album is more of a country flavored rock album. I could easily hear pop/rock standouts like Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, and Billy Joel doing versions of the songs found on the Mr. Misunderstood album.
There are even a few brief moments on the album that bring flashes of the Bee Gees and Michael Jackson to my mind.
Of the 10 tracks on the album, here are a few of the standouts for me:
Mr. Misunderstood – The title track speaks to the awkward teen in all of us.
Mistress Named Music – The lyrics start in church and it ends full circle with a gospel choir.
Mixed Drinks About Feelings – There’s a subtly to this song that really highlights Eric Church’s vocals… and the piano. Susan Tedeschi’s part brings a nice female touch to the song.
Kill A Word – I love the premise and message of this song. There are plenty of words I’d love to get rid of.
Record Year – This is an interesting play on words and a twist on the traditional “I’ve been dumped and I’m lonely” song.
3 Year Old – This ranks close to the top as one of my favorite songs on the album. It walks the line between funny, thoughtful, and insightful. It also makes me remember when my daughters were younger. There’s certainly something in this song that any parent can relate to.