With a smile on his face and a skip in his step, country music star Tyler Farr is someone whose fame has been rising steadily since the success of first album Redneck Crazy in 2013. So, with a lot of pressure on new record Suffer in Peace to be a hit, does Tyler manage to recreate the intensity and fun of the first?
Tyler is known for his distinct edge to country, and Suffer in Peace follows this pattern, enjoying veering off the usual country path once in a while. C.O.U.N.T.R.Y is dark and stormy, kicking us off with its rock-laden sounds. Strong, controlled vocals are needed to keep up with the track’s style, and it’s testament to Tyler’s skill that he appears to do this with ease. Withdrawals also shows off the album’s hard edge, as Tyler sings of all things rock n roll with an attitude and ease of someone comfortable with himself: ‘You are the whiskey running through my veins, you are that first sweet taste of Mary Jane’.
But it’s not all po-faced embellishment; Tyler still brings out a good ol’ country ballad when needed. Album-titled track Suffer in Peace winds it back to classic Country with a no thrills vibe packed full of fine imagery, whereas Why We Live Here is as American as apple pie. The track will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside with its cowboy tales – but like a lot of country music, it may be hard for people outside the US to develop true feelings of comparison with.
Better in Boots tries to throw us back into the present with drum snaps and pop riffs – succeeding to break up the sound of the record even more, whereas Poor Boy – at first threatening to fall into middle of the road territory – brings it all back home with a strong chorus that ties the track together in a way only country can.
Suffer in Peace is a triumph in what it sets out to achieve. It raises the heart rate when necessary, melts it when needed and lifts it at the right time; country runs through this album’s veins, from the old sounds to the new. Tyler’s sophomore record is a fine example of the singer’s growing talent, and his desire to stay at the top of the game.