Review by Ryan Colebeck
Look....I don't write....like ever, but when given the opportunity the review some albums it sounded fun, so I figured I'd give it a shot. It doesn't hurt that I get to listen to this stuff before it comes out either! With that being said--J. Tillman is primed to unveil his third studio album under the moniker Father John Misty on April 7th. Pure Comedy, as it's ironically titled, comes complete with engaging lyrical content, quality musicianship, and excellent production. Basically, soft rock never sounded so damn good.
What sells it for me is his lyrical prowess. The content is so clever, and I'm not normally a "lyric guy". Tillman seems to have a knack for pointing out societal contradictions and finding humor in dark situations. In my opinion, this guy is a lyrical giant. The music ties it all together. I really appreciate the nuanced use of horns and strings, as well as the cushion of background vocals that seem to come in at just the right places. DO NOT SLEEP ON THE MUSIC! The lyrics wouldn't pack as much punch if the music did back them up so well.
With song titles like "total entertainment forever" and "things it would have been helpful to know before the revolution", which I believe perfectly illustrates his sense of humor and satire, one can really get a feel for the "message" of the album. Pure Comedy touches on themes of progress, technology, social media, and human nature to name a few and the wordsmith J. Tillman brings it all together with his unique and articulate perspective over sultry, spacious tracks. Written and produced by J. Tillman a.k.a Father John Misty, I would recommend this album to anyone with nothin' to do on a Sunday afternoon, to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee and a cigarette.
For fans of........irony, satire, and moonlit walks on the beach.
Album due out on April 7th.