The success of Eric Church’s album The Outsiders was unparalleled in 2014. Not only was Church’s one of only two country music albums (four across all genres) to be certified by the RIAA as Platinum, but it was nominated for the GRAMMY Award for Best Album of the Year and garnered four successful singles.
Now, behind the spectacular run of Church’s Number 1 single “Talladega,” comes his next release off the acclaimed album, “Like a Wrecking Ball.” No, Church did not take a page out of Miley Cyrus’s tabloid-laden book; he took the proverbial wrecking ball to a new level.
Though Church sings of wanting to make a grand entrance somewhere, his version of the wrecking ball metaphor is quite distinguished from the song of the like-title. Church sings the tale that has been often relayed by other artists (including Journey and Randy Houser); that of someone who is living a life out on the road and is forced to leave a love one behind. Not only does Church miss the sanctity of a stable life, he misses the woman behind the door who resides within the four walls he has made his part-time home.
Pushing the envelope a little more than Church has in the past, he sings of the romantic encounters he awaits when he has time off from his travels. The song, in part, explains:
I’ma find out what that house is made of; been too many nights since its felt us make love. I wanna rock some sheetrock, knock some pictures off the wall. Love you baby, like a wrecking ball.
A bluesy track that fits squarely under the Jessica Northey-created genre “Yallternative,” Church croons of his desires to show his loved one just how much he misses their intimate times together. A marriage of Church’s beloved true country sound and a Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get it On” vibe, “Like a Wrecking Ball” will be making women paint their toenails pink nationwide.