Pure Comedy
by Father John Misty

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Track Listing
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Pure Comedy
Total Entertainment Forever
Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
Ballad of the Dying Man
Leaving LA
Bigger Paper Bag, A
When the God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay
Two Wildly Different Perspectives
Memo, The
So I'm Growing Old on Magic Mountain
In Twenty Years or So

Genre: Rock & Pop
  • Genre: Popular Music
  • Release Date: April 2017
  • Label: Sub Pop (USA)
  • Format: CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio Format: Stereo
  • Producer: Josh Tillman; Jonathan Wilson
  • Engineer: Trevor Spencer; Bryce Gonzalez; Rouble Kapoor; Vira Byramji; Dave Cerminara
Music Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - 4 stars out of 5 -- "PURE COMEDY distills terabytes-worth of doomsaying Facebook rants into a 75-minute comic-existential opus that functions like a despair inoculation."

Spin - "[T]he work evokes increasing comparisons to `70s singer-songwriters like Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson, who hid their acidic commentary within sturdy pop structures."

Entertainment Weekly - "The 75-minute opus is his most boldly experimental and richly produced album to date, with 13 songs that touch on baroque pop, orchestral folk, stark piano balladry, and even gospel." -- Grade: B+

Uncut - "[E]ven the detractors had to admire his craftsmanship, and how his epic barbed narratives could be accommodated as gorgeous piano ballads that recalled peak Elton and Nilsson."

Magnet - "Tillman wisely scales back the orchestration and flourishes to their bare minimum in order to put his voice and lyrics at the forefront. This approach reaches its zenith on the album's centerpiece: the 10-verse, chorus-less diatribe that is 'Leaving LA,' a metatextual, self-referential masterstroke."

NME (Magazine) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "The elegiac 'When The God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell To Pay' is the perfect fusion of heart-melting melody and contemplative lyricism, setting him apart as one of the greatest modern songwriters we have."

Paste (magazine) - "It's a comedy in every sense of the word....The central joke being the perfectly dissonant balance of sincerity and sarcasm conveyed by music and lyrics alike."

Pitchfork (Website) - "It is intense, fatalistic, exhausting, and grandiose -- sometimes devastating, sometimes pretentious. So yes, it is a Father John Misty album, and Josh Tillman still excels at tormenting those unlucky souls who enjoy his music."

Clash (Magazine) - "It's a hybrid of angst and sarcasm and pure beauty. From the chaotic collage of noise opening `Pure Comedy' we're flung head first into a gorgeous ballad that teeters on the edge of uncomfortable and bliss..."

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