50 Best Albums of 2011

Eric Church, 'Chief'

19. Eric Church, 'Chief'

Church is a country singer a rock fan could love – saluting Jesus and Springsteen, mixing up backwoods twang with power chords and Stones riffs. If he’s great at playing the boozed-up tough guy, the lilting songs on his third LP show he’s got an endearing soft side when he sobers up – sometime around 11 a.m. Monday.

Jody Rosen's Original Review: Eric Church's 'Chief'

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