Single Review: Eric Church, “Cold One”

Eric Church Cold OneSneaky, clever guy, that Eric Church.

Way to totally upend expectations lyrically and musically.  The song is set up to be one of those “drinkin’ in the sun anthems,” with a paint-by-numbers kinda country production to boot.  Then a few lines in, the guy gets dumped by the cold one who left him “one beer short of  a 12-pack.”

Then the band lets loose, in an odd and refreshing way that is going to make purists frustrated.   But those of us who feel that if you’re going to integrate rock sounds, you might as well do it with a bit of innovation, we’re gonna enjoy every second of it.

Don’t look now, but Eric Church might be our strongest mainstream artist.  The kind that you can’t help wonder how he got in the mainstream in the first place.

Written by Eric Church, Luke Hutton, and Jeff Hyde

Grade: A

Listen:  Cold One


  1. I don’t dispute the innovation, etc. I just never cared for EC’s voice. I might like this song if performed by David Nail (loved his unexpected break up song “Red Light”) or maybe Collin Raye.

  2. This is a great song, at least lyrically, as the best Eric Church singles always are. The production is a bit too progressive but it’ll work in the current climate. The label was smart to release one of the best songs on the album as the third single.

  3. Love this one, easily one of the strongest summer singles of the last 5 years. Between this and “Drunk on a Plane” I think country radio will be above average come summer time.

  4. I’m with Kevin. At least whatever Eric Church is doing these days is interesting and most of it works for me and I’m as surprised as anyone might be about that. As Kevin said, if it’s going to integrate rock, it’s acceptable to me if it’s done in a cool way. I’d much rather this rock stuff that he’s doing ever since “Smoke A little Smoke” than the generic, waiting room fluff of “Love Your Love the Most.”

  5. I’ve been a fan of Eric Church since “Two Pink Lines”, so yeah, what Kevin said. Except I don’t know if it’s just my headphones or the file I got from iTunes, but the rock part just seems to loud, almost drowning out Eric’s voice.

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