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FATHER JOHN MISTY Pure Com­edy ★★★★ Bella Union

Pure Com­edy, the good father told the NYT, “is like a sec­u­lar gospel al­bum . . . about sur­vival and love is the sub­stance of sur­vival”. He should know. The son of Pen­te­costal par­ents, Josh Till­man left re­li­gion’s suf­fo­cat­ing em­brace to play “sad bas­tard” folk mu­sic and later drums with Fleet Foxes be­fore dis­cov­er­ing, in the char­ac­ter of Father John Misty, a sense of life’s ab­sur­dity and dark hu­mour. I Love You Honey­bear (2015) was cel­e­brated for its fo­cus on male anx­i­eties, and Till­man now ex­tends his reach with these 13 tracks, skew­er­ing the “rot­ted core of in­ter­net cul­ture”, tech­nol­ogy and false gods of ev­ery hue with a mix­ture of bal­lad and buf­foon­ery. The re­sult is a stately blend of crafted high pop and ru­mi­na­tive re­flec­tion, ebbing and flow­ing along with plain­tive pi­ano, sweep­ing strings and a voice that is scar­ily redo­lent of El­ton John. Min­i­mal­ist it ain’t, but it sure is im­pres­sive. fa­ther­john­misty.com JOE BREEN

Till­man now ex­tends his reach with these 13 tracks, skew­er­ing the “rot­ted core of in­ter­net cul­ture”, tech­nol­ogy and false gods of ev­ery hue with a mix­ture of bal­lad and buf­foon­ery

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