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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the singer-songwriter Josh Tillman as father John Misty was produced with Jonathan Wilson.
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At six For some reason when I go... The comedy of man starts like this Our brains are way too big for our mothers' hips And so Nature, she divines... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Apr 6, 2017
    100
    There’s something hugely impressive about coming up with an album that somehow manages to be both incredibly discomfiting and easy to listen to.
  2. Mar 31, 2017
    100
    It works because it’s so astonishingly, genuinely clever.
  3. Apr 5, 2017
    90
    Pure Comedy is big and clever, and oh so very brilliant.
  4. Apr 4, 2017
    80
    Misty keeps this album pretty genuine. There are jaunts and horns and dancing mixed with sorrow and piano and heartache; his lyrics cutting through any joy with wicked humour and his comic persona still second place to his incredible songwriting.
  5. Apr 5, 2017
    80
    No doubt some of the album feels overly sanctimonious. ... And yet Tillman’s prophetic songwriting makes Pure Comedy one of the first--and best--post-Trump albums in what’s sure to be a long line over the next four years.
  6. 75
    For now Pure Comedy is another elongated and extensive example of Misty’s intense outlook on cliché, contradictory and conceived contemporary life. If misunderstood, it’s easy to believe that the signified still signifies the signifier, but call Pure Comedy boring at your peril.
  7. Apr 28, 2017
    40
    One of the most frustrating releases of recent times. Tracks meander insipidly, crushed by the weight of a solipsistic “message” and the real moments of quality only serve as a reminder of what might have been.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 8 out of 38
  1. Apr 7, 2017
    10
    I love this album. It is nearly as punchy as his previous work, but that seems alright given the meaning of the lyrics and the times we findI love this album. It is nearly as punchy as his previous work, but that seems alright given the meaning of the lyrics and the times we find ourselves in these days. Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2017
    10
    The record starts topically, with these topical tunes, and you realise if this is just going to be Josh Tillman wagging his finger atThe record starts topically, with these topical tunes, and you realise if this is just going to be Josh Tillman wagging his finger at everyone, it's going to horrible.

    Then you get to Leaving LA, A Bigger Paper Bag and Smoochie, and you realize that there is a sincere human at the heart of this record.

    So the first image is Earth, from space, and you have this detached perspective on humans as a thing, and as the record progresses you start getting closer and closer and closer to Earth. By the end of the record you're looking up at the stars and you no longer have any perspective on what an abstract place it is.

    The fact that it's been said before doesn't make it any less compelling and timely.

    Sublime, personal and perfect, this is by far and away the album of the year so far.
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  3. Apr 7, 2017
    10
    Pure Comedy is the kind of album that makes you feel like a piece of **** for being a human being, but at the end of listening you're gladPure Comedy is the kind of album that makes you feel like a piece of **** for being a human being, but at the end of listening you're glad you're not anything else. Expand
  4. May 14, 2018
    8
    Pure Comedy is one of the most attention-grabbing, distinctive, interesting albums of 2017. The lyrics are harsh, utterly entertaining, andPure Comedy is one of the most attention-grabbing, distinctive, interesting albums of 2017. The lyrics are harsh, utterly entertaining, and thought-provoking. Musically, PC is usually simple, but almost always extremely effective and beautiful. The music, lyrics, and vocals work very, very well on PC. "Total," "Ballad," "Two," and the final song have great, sickingly honest lyrics that don't get old. That's another great thing about Pure Comedy; it feels timeless. I find myself coming back to PC more often than most 2017 albums, and it never fails to entertain me. Unlike some people, I do not think that everything FJM touches turns to gold, but most of it shines pretty bright, musically if not lyrically. PC is a wildly entertaining, intelligent album that's extremely well produced and (mostly) well written. Expand
  5. Apr 9, 2017
    7
    Lyrically I like the album and much of it's subject matter. Musically it lacks the diversity of Fear Fun and even Honey Bear. I don'tLyrically I like the album and much of it's subject matter. Musically it lacks the diversity of Fear Fun and even Honey Bear. I don't understand all the negative reviews and it's not as good as many of the critics claim it is....solid 7 IMO. Expand
  6. Feb 7, 2018
    6
    I'll start with the positives. "Pure Comedy" is a definite grower. If you don't like it the first time, second time or even the 5th time,I'll start with the positives. "Pure Comedy" is a definite grower. If you don't like it the first time, second time or even the 5th time, don't worry, if you liked his first 2 albums, you will eventually get this one, appreciate its lyrical cleverness and how the instrumentation suits the overall theme of the album. On the negative side, it's an extremely repetitive album. 75 minutes or so of what essentially sounds like the same two or 3 songs over and over. The repetition covers lyrical theme (there only seems to be one - how human life is one big mindless joke that we're all doomed to be consumed by, except for the oh so clever Father John Misty) and the music. It's like lounge music for atheist/darwinists, a genre I don't find particularly enticing. I loved the mans first 2 albums but I can only go as far as saying I like this but probably won't revisit that often. A couple of songs in this vein would have fitted in well on his back catalog amongst the druggy folk social commentary stuff but an hour and a quarter of the stuff is too much of an ask. Hopefully next time out he'll take some better drugs and bring out something a bit more enjoyable and a bit less elevator. Expand
  7. Apr 8, 2017
    0
    Philosophical thinking MASTERPIECE.
    This remembered me Pink Floyd mellow sounds found in the album The Final Cut.
    Possibly one the best
    Philosophical thinking MASTERPIECE.
    This remembered me Pink Floyd mellow sounds found in the album The Final Cut.

    Possibly one the best albums of the year!

    Can't wait for more of this in the near future.

    :D
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