By Annie Reuter
Of Church’s latest release, due to drop on Feb. 11, NPR says it “transcends the genre without abandoning it and fully refreshes mainstream rock in the process.” And it’s easy to see why from Church’s first two singles, the gritty title track “The Outsiders” and the nostalgic “Give Me Back My Hometown,” which each explore the versatility that his forthcoming album brings.
The twangy “Cold One” hints at the hell-raising Church fans know and love, while “Talladega” recalls his sensitive side with acoustic guitar and wavering electric guitar. But it’s on “That’s Damn Rock & Roll” where Church’s true outlaw ability is seen as he name-drops Nirvana and The Clash while asking for answers to rock’s most untimely deaths.
Church has been teasing new music since late last year with cryptic messages and videos and in a 2013 interview with Radio.com, Church promised a change-up on his forthcoming album and follows through on The Outsiders.
“It’s different,” he said with a giant grin. “And I don’t know how people are going to judge it, that’s up to the people to decide, but no, it’s different.”
Listen to The Outsiders on NPR.