Single Review: Eric Church, “Drink in My Hand”


August 28, 2011

This rocks – and, in its own way, countries – harder than anything else out there. Church navigates it with the ease of a NASCAR driver on a suburban highway, weaving and bobbing so charismatically that Luke, Blake and Dierks start to seem like uptight party-poopers by comparison. You believe him on multiple levels when he hollers that he’s “about to tear a new one in this old town.”

And yet, “Drink in My Hand” is also just a radio hit, no higher aspiration than to be a slightly cooler version of “All About Tonight.” And the secret’s out now: Church can do better. So wait a few months and check back in. In the meantime, let’s get him away from whoever approved “boss-man can shove that overtime up his can.” (Evidently, there’s such a thing as trying so hard to talk like the common man that you end up talking like no one.)

Written by Eric Church, Michael P. Heeney, Luke Laird

Grade: B-

Listen: Drink in My Hand

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  1. Greg MNo Gravatar says:

    Wait so because it got released to radio, you’re downgrading the song? That doesn’t make all that much sense.

  2. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    I like this one a lot, mostly because of Eric’s performance, but I don’t dispute its artistic shortcomings. I would have given it a B.

    Greg, where do you see Dan downgrading the song because it got released to radio? I’m not seeing that. This seemed like a very balanced review to me.

  3. SweetcheeksNo Gravatar says:

    This one seems ok to me. A decent potential radio hit. This one seems likely to go high on the charts Some of the lyrics are a bit awkward though.

    Eric Church has some serious career momentum going now, though. But he really hasn’t had a huge hit on radio. A lot of his singles seem to die before making the top ten.

    I think if Church can get some big radio hits his career might explode. This song seems like a real good shot at a hit. I agree with the review above but its pretty easy to see why this is a single. It could really boost Church’s career.

  4. Tara SeetharamNo Gravatar says:

    Greg, I think what Dan means is that the song doesn’t aspire to be anything more than a radio hit – whether it becomes one or not.

  5. Adam JamesNo Gravatar says:

    I think Eric Church has a game changing album in him. If he plays his cards right, that is. But this is a good song, fun, as it’s supposed to be. Just good pop music.

  6. KCNo Gravatar says:

    keeping it simple is Country Music, Eric Church is the best lyricist we have in our genre, enjoy this one crank it up and put a drink in your hand.

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