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Purgatory

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Purgatory is Tyler Childers’ debut album, but this release feels so much more mature. As we’d expect, Childers’ young talent harnesses the semi-autobiographical narrative structure of songs in this genre, but Purgatory belies the young age of its composer.

This album is raw. It’s old-school Country too, but with a modern twist of brutal realism that works so well.

The album has range too. The hoedown title track and the up-tempo ‘Born Again’ allow Childers to explore his vocal strength, especially epitomized in the rock grooves of stand out track ‘Whitehouse Road’. ‘Tattoos’ gives us a glimpse at Childers’ melancholy side too.

However, much of this album is anthemic, heralding the coming of age of a teen rebel who found marriage and relative peace. Opening track ‘I Swear (To God)’ sets the bar as a wonderful fiddle-backed chugger that broods over heavy drinking and the morning-after reality.

As a consequence, this album feels lived-in. With strong echoes of early Steve Earle never too far away, Tyler Childers travels a familiar landscape, but this is a journey that feels fresh and solid.

Purgatory is an impressive introduction to a talented newcomer. Childers is a name you need to know. Powerful stuff.

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Tracklist

1. I Swear (to God)
2. Feathered Indians
3. Tattoos
4. Born Again
5. Whitehouse Road
6. Banded Clovis
7. Purgatory
8. Honky Tonk Flame
9. Universal Sound
10. Lady May

Details

Released: January 2018
Cat: HHR0011 / Hickman Holler/Thirty Tigers