Tyler Farr

Suffer in Peace – 2015 (Columbia Nashville)

Reviewed by Michael Rampa

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Sometimes, you have to start at the top before you can get real. Tyler Farr's 2013 debut, "Redneck Crazy," spawned two hits and landed in the Top Five. Colt Ford had him take ""Dirt Road Anthem" for a spin before Jason Aldean cut it. His sophomore effort, "Suffer in Silence," is more introspective. Producers Jim Catino and Julian King showcase an 11-song collection here (3 of which Farr had a hand in writing) that has a much different feel from the full throttle swagger they put on "Crazy."

Save for the cover art and painfully obvious opener, "C.O.U.N.T.R.Y.," Farr manages to pull in the reins on the rock and hip hop tinges that ran through his debut. As a result, the melancholy ballads shine and redneck clichés are deftly finessed rather than openly touted. On the emotional title track, the narrator retires to a remote cabin in the hills after his lover leaves. The Bible, a rifle and a rod and reel are what's necessary to alleviate pain (In the ultimate ironic twist, alcohol is not on the list). The ache in his voice is primal on "Withdrawals," where he professes love as the most painful addiction.

While Farr has a hit with the lead single, "A Guy Walks Into A Bar," the hard partying is kept to a minimum throughout. but at it's core, the originality of the material may be apparent only to the artist himself.

While the feel here is different from his debut, it is not a radical departure. "Suffer in Silence" neither overly impresses nor disappoints.