Chief (album)

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Chief
Eric Church Chief.jpg
Studio album by Eric Church
Released July 26, 2011 (2011-07-26)
Recorded 2010–11
Genre
Length 39:39
Label EMI Nashville
Producer Jay Joyce
Eric Church chronology
Carolina
(2009)
Chief
(2011)
The Outsiders
(2014)
Singles from Chief
  1. "Homeboy"
    Released: February 28, 2011
  2. "Drink in My Hand"
    Released: August 15, 2011
  3. "Springsteen"
    Released: February 21, 2012
  4. "Creepin'"
    Released: July 16, 2012
  5. "Like Jesus Does"
    Released: January 28, 2013

Chief is the third studio album by American country music recording artist Eric Church. It was released on July 26, 2011, via EMI Nashville.[1] The album produced five singles, including the first two Number One singles of his career on the Hot Country Songs chart: "Drink in My Hand" and "Springsteen", two additional Top Tens on the country chart: "Creepin'" and "Like Jesus Does", as well as the top 20 country hit "Homeboy". On June 20, 2012, Chief was certified Platinum by the RIAA for having shipped 1,000,000 records.[2] As of July 2015, the album has sold 1,860,000 copies in the United States.[3]

The album received a nomination for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Engine 145 3/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[7]
Under The Gun Review 9/10 [8]

Upon its release, Chief received generally positive reviews from most music critics.[9] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, based on 9 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[9] Allmusic reviewer Thom Jurek gave it 4 stars out of 5, saying that it is "defiant, well-conceived, and more carefully executed than it sounds, with some excellent songs".[5]

Rolling Stone magazine placed the album at number 19 on its Best Albums of 2011 list.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Creepin'"  
3:52
2. "Drink in My Hand"   3:11
3. "Keep On"  
  • Church
  • Ryan Tyndell
2:38
4. "Like Jesus Does"  
3:18
5. "Hungover & Hard Up"  
  • Church
  • Laird
2:53
6. "Homeboy"  
  • Church
  • Beathard
3:47
7. "Country Music Jesus"  
  • Church
  • Jeremy Spillman
3:52
8. "Jack Daniels"  
  • Church
  • Jeff Hyde
  • Lynn Hutton
5:04
9. "Springsteen"  
  • Church
  • Hyde
  • Tyndell
4:23
10. "I'm Gettin' Stoned"  
  • Church
  • Hyde
  • Beathard
  • Jeremy Crady
4:02
11. "Over When It's Over"  
  • Church
  • Laird
2:39
12. "Lovin' Me Anyway" (Bonus Track)
  • Church
  • Green
3:29

Personnel[edit]

Compiled from Allmusic.[11]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
[22]
CAN
2011 "Homeboy" 13 53
"Drink in My Hand" 1 40 52
2012 "Springsteen" 1 19 28
"Creepin'" 10 5 56 65
2013 "Like Jesus Does" 13 6 59 5 56
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazon.com: Chief: Eric Church: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  2. ^ a b "American album certifications – Eric Church – Chief". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  3. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (July 23, 2015). "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Eric Church's 'Outsiders' Hits 1 Million Sold". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Metacritic (Jul 26, 2011). "Critic Reviews for Chief". CBS Interactive. Retrieved Jul 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Chief review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ Justus, Karlie (July 20, 2011). "Chief review". Engine 145. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (July 25, 2011). "Chief review". Slant. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ "REVIEW: Eric Church: 'Chief'". Under the Gun Review. August 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Chief Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2011". Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  12. ^ http://www.ariacharts.com.au/chart/country-albums/329
  13. ^ "Eric Church Album & Song Chart History – Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Archive Chart". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Eric Church Lands First No. 1 Album, Amy Winehouse Climbs Into Top 5". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums: Year-End top-selling albums across all genres". Billboard. 
  17. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2011 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2012/top-billboard-200-albums
  19. ^ "2013 Year-End Charts – Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2013 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Eric Church – Chief". Music Canada. 
  22. ^ "Eric Church Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
Preceded by
Red River Blue by Blake Shelton
Top Country Albums number-one album
August 13–20, 2011
Succeeded by
Tailgates & Tanlines by Luke Bryan