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Albums of The Year: Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy Is Predictive/Preventive of Human Insanity

There is a lyrical prickliness/ humor to Father John Misty that has coursed throughout his albums. Fear Fun, I Love You, Honeybear, and now Pure Comedy capture FJM’s mutual love and hate for this world, which is what oddly makes him relatable. There is no denying his brilliance as a lyricist that drives random thoughts together better than an NYC taxi cab coursing through side-streets to avoid tolls. The man KNOWS how to amp the common details of depression, dissidence, and delight that make being human feel so……human…or so..… bare. Notice my dragging of thought!
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy [FULL ALBUM STREAM]

There is something incredibly magical and unremarkable about being human, of which happiness lies in how you feel/ deal with that. “Leaving La”, “In Twenty Years or So”, and “So I’m Growing Old In Magic Mountain” piece together every instance when you quietly said to yourself, “Alright, I’m ready to leave Earth! I’m out!”. Our desire to exit madness is not always this massive, gnawing feeling of depression. Sometimes, it could be small, quiet, and observant like, watching a guy blatantly cut the line and wondering where he got such rude cojones! There are everyday moments, big and small, that make you wonder the point of it ALL, i.e. “Pure Comedy”, “The Memo”, and “When The God of Love Returns, There’ll Be Hell To Pay”. The latter track is my favorite; one that proves Father John Misty can go from smart commentary to wisdom. There is no denying he is an aware mind; seeking and wanting to learn about others movements through life, but wisdom comes when you start seeing your own movements as that of others. It is when you make “the bridge” that you are not simply an individual amongst the masses as much as “the masses” are apart of the individual. (Alright, I am done with my Lenin-Marx ideas for today!).
Father John Misty – Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

Beyond stellar verses and intelligent analysis, there is artistic/ personal growth to be found within Pure Comedy. FJM’s acoustic, folk opuses still feel ornate, but earthier in colorful tones. Moreover, you cannot beat his voice! He completely over-takes with vocals that seem as pensive as him. Thus, growth comes, again, with a feeling that every album might be a step further to his personal wisdom wisdom. If Pure Comedy discusses politics and society’s behavioral runs then his next album could be a possible look into who HE is. After all, every relationship is a cycle; you go from the individual to society and from society to the individual. For More Information On Father John Misty Click Here.