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Josh Tillman’s third album as Father John Misty is a wry and passionate complaint against nearly everything under the sun: Politics, religion, entertainment, war—even Father John Misty can’t escape Father John Misty’s gimlet eye. But even the wordiest, most cynically self-aware songs here (“Leaving L.A.,” “When the God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell to Pay”) are executed with angelic beauty, a contrast that puts Tillman in a league with spiritual predecessors like Randy Newman or Harry Nilsson. A performer as savvy as Tillman knows you can’t sell the apocalypse without making it sound pretty.

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What joyous soft pancakes!

If you are quite partial to disco steakhouses who name each dish after long-gone quasars, this is the album for you! If scholars and architects have complimented you on your village crushing knees, rejoice and look no further! Are you a misunderstood swimming pool? Prepare for some heartfelt empathy! Are you Genghis Khan? How are you still here?? Explain. Do you like Kenny Chesney? Why?! Who cares! This is a introspective quesadilla for everyone, don't be shy, take a chomp ya dingus!

Brilliant lyrics and arrangement

The arrangement is great and the lyrics are very thought-provoking!

"The comedy of man starts like this
Our brains are way too big for our mothers' hips
And so Nature, she divines this alternative
We emerged half-formed and hope that whoever greets us on the other end
Is kind enough to fill us in"

Soapbox Illumination

Father John Misty's album, "Pure Comedy" is a brilliant musical tapestry laced with such sardonic wit it's hard not to laugh and cry at the same time. They say darkness can't exist without the light which shines with every bit of celestial orchestration celebrated on this album. I suggest putting on headphones with your favorite libation and a box of Kleenex. Get ready to experience this musical Darth Vader of illumination!


Born: May 3, 1981 in Rockville, MD

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Singer/songwriter J. Tillman's music paints languid, sadly beautiful portraits of love and life on the margins with the moody depth of Nick Drake and the country-influenced textures of Ryan Adams. Tillman first made a name for himself playing drums in a pair of indie rock bands, Saxon Shore and Stately, while attending college in New York City. In his spare time, however, he began writing material of his own, citing the music of Nick Drake and Pete Seeger, and the writings of Flannery O'Connor, as...
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