Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Pure Comedy

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Pure Comedy

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PURE COMEDY

Father John Misty (Sub Pop, 2017)

Joshua Tillman is a prolific indie folk/rock musician with eight studio albums under his belt. But it's under the name Father John Misty (a persona, not a priest) that Tillman has achieved notoriety.

In April Tillman released the eagerly anticipated Pure Comedy. Just a few weeks after its debut, the 13-track album had reached No. 1 on Billboard's Americana/Folk Albums chart (ahead of the Lumineers' Cleopatra). Tillman jumps, lushly with his Elton John-like harmonies and the backing band's orchestral horns, into the title track "Pure Comedy," which takes a shot at religious hypocrisy: "Oh their religions are the best / They worship themselves yet ... they get terribly upset when you question their sacred texts ... And how's this for irony, their idea of being free is a prison of beliefs."

It might seem that the overly self-aware and at times depressive Father John would wallow in political and religious rancor on Pure Comedy, but he also winks at his persona. …

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