Pure Comedy 2LP from Father John Misty
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Pure Comedy, Father John Misty's third album, is a complex, often-sardonic, and, equally often, touching meditation on the confounding folly of modern humanity. Father John Misty is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Josh Tillman. Tillman has released two widely acclaimed albums — Fear Fun (2012) and I Love You, Honeybear (2015) — and the recent "Real Love Baby" single as Father John Misty, and recently contributed to songs by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Kid Cudi.
There's a lot one could say about Pure Comedy — including that it is a bold, important album in the tradition of American songwriting greats such as Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leonard Cohen — we think it's best to let its creator describe it himself. Take it away, Mr. Tillman:
"Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species' only hope for survival, finding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like 'love,' 'culture,' 'family,' etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species' loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence."
Something like that.
01 Pure Comedy
02 Total Entertainment Forever
03 Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
04 Ballad of the Dying Man
02 Leaving LA
01 A Bigger Paper Bag
02 When the God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay
04 Two Wildly Different Perspectives
05 The Memo
01 So I'm Growing Old on Magic Mountain
02 In Twenty Years or So