Carolina (Eric Church album)

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Studio album by Eric Church
Released March 24, 2009 (2009-03-24)
Recorded 2008–09
Length 43:21
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Jay Joyce
Eric Church chronology
Sinners Like Me
(2006)Sinners Like Me2006
Singles from Carolina
  1. "Love Your Love the Most"
    Released: February 9, 2009
  2. "Hell on the Heart"
    Released: October 12, 2009
  3. "Smoke a Little Smoke"
    Released: June 21, 2010

Carolina is the second studio album by American country music artist Eric Church. It was released on Capitol Records Nashville on March 24, 2009, three years after his debut Sinners Like Me. "Love Your Love the Most" is the album's lead-off single, and Church's sixth entry on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. This song follows the non-album single "His Kind of Money (My Kind of Love)", which peaked outside the top 40 in mid-2008. As of November 29, 2013, the album has sold 715,000 copies in the US.[1]


"Love Your Love the Most"[edit]

"Love Your Love the Most" was released as the album's lead-off single. It entered the top 40 on the Hot Country Songs in April 2009, becoming his first top 40 hit since "Guys Like Me" in early 2007, as well as his first top ten country hit peaking at #10 in October 2009.

"Hell on the Heart"[edit]

"Hell on the Heart" was released as the second single in October, and entered the top 40 in November.

"Smoke a Little Smoke"[edit]

"Smoke a Little Smoke" was released as the album's third single in June 2010.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
The 9513 3.5/5 stars[4]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars[5]

Todd Sterling, who reviewed the album for Allmusic, gave it four stars out of five. He said that Church's sound recalled the outlaw country movement of the 1970s. He also noted that the album had strong lyrics and was "masterfully tempered with Southern baked rock."[3] C.M. Wilcox of The 9513 also gave a favorable review of three-and-a-half stars out of five. Wilcox said that the album's arrangements were "more aggressive" than most traditional country, and that the album showed a considerable growth over Sinners Like Me, but that some of the lyrics tended toward cliché.[4]

Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine was less favorable, calling it "a strident stab at the mainstream commercial acceptance that has thus far eluded the singer-songwriter." He cited the production of "Smoke a Little Smoke" and "Longer Gone" for "that actually reinforc[ing] the tones of those songs," giving the album two stars out of five.[5] As of April 25, 2013 the album has sold 682,624 copies.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ain't Killed Me Yet"
2. "Lotta Boot Left to Fill"
  • Church
  • Jeremy Spillman
3. "Young and Wild"
  • Church
  • Spillman
4. "Where She Told Me to Go" 4:48
5. "Longer Gone"
  • Church
  • Stephanie Chapman
6. "Love Your Love the Most"
  • Church
  • Michael P. Heeney
7. "Smoke a Little Smoke"
  • Church
  • Jeff Hyde
  • Driver Williams
8. "Without You Here"
  • Church
  • Brandon Church
  • Spillman
9. "You Make It Look So Easy" Church 4:15
10. "Carolina" Church 4:39
11. "Hell on the Heart"
  • Church
  • Ruttan
  • Spillman
12. "Those I've Loved"
13. "My Heart's Got A Memory (Bonus Track)"   2:52
14. "Faster Than My Angels Can Fly (Bonus Track)"   3:49
15. "His Kind Of Money (My Kind Of Love) (Bonus Track)"   3:42
Total length: 46:57


Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2009) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 17

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Year-end
US Billboard Top Country Albums 44[6]


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US
2009 "Love Your Love the Most" 10 63
"Hell on the Heart" 10 67
2010 "Smoke a Little Smoke" 16 78


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[7] Platinum


  1. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (November 29, 2013). "Eric Church: The Billboard Cover Story". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Metacritic (March 24, 2009). "Critic Reviews for Carolina". CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 24, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Sterling, Todd. "Carolina - Eric Church". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Wilcox, C.M. (March 20, 2009). "Eric Church - Carolina". The 9513. Archived from the original on March 22, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Keefe, Jonathan (March 20, 2009). "Eric Church - Carolina". Slant Magazine. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Best of 2010 - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Eric Church – Carolina". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH