Those adjectives don’t just describe the crowd on Eric Church’s Caught in the Act live album released on April 9th, they accurately describe the band as well.
From the opening of the album, when the crowd was chanting Church’s name, until the final note of the last track, the entire concert was nothing short of electric. Listen to the album from beginning to end, and it’s obvious that Church has the crowd in the palm of his hand the entire time.
Beyond that, Caught in the Act illustrates what has led to Church having such a rabidly loyal fan base: passion. Every chord played and every word sung is filled with an almost tangible enjoyment and love for what he does, and that kind of passion is nothing less than contagious. The audience is at a fever pitch for the majority of the album, which only adds to the enjoyment of the listener.
Church also does a great job of interacting with the crowd, talking to them and telling them stories. He comes across as a man who is at home in front of everybody, his jokes and comments natural, as if he were making them backstage amongst his closest friends.
The album has a few high moments, stars that shine just a little brighter than even those around them. Church introduces “Sinners Like Me” by explaining how much he likes playing acoustic, then proceeds to play the song that way. He even changes some of the lyrics to reflect recent changes in his life, and the crowd roars in delight.
By far, however, standout track is a nine minute long version of “Springsteen.” After the Church finishes playing his hit song, he asks the crowd to indulge him for a minute as he explains how much the lyrics of the song mean to him. He follows this up with a goosebump-inducing cover of “Born to Run” by The Boss himself.
Are there songs Church should have put on his album? Perhaps, but the same thing can be said about any live album. What can’t be said about all other albums, however, is that it’s not just a pleasure to listen to, it’s also a privilege to hear a man so happy to do what he loves.
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