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  • Summary: The second full-length release from Josh Tillman as Father John Misty was co-produced with Jonathan Wilson.
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How many people rise and say My brain's so awfully glad to be here for yet another mindless day Now I've got all morning to obsessively accrue A... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Feb 6, 2015
    100
    This is a gorgeous album.
  2. Feb 10, 2015
    91
    With a welcoming tenor and a likeably schmaltzy delivery that finds him displaying loads of range and emotions, he’s able to give his subject matter the unforgiving and ultimately warm treatment it deserves.
  3. Feb 10, 2015
    90
    Tillman becomes one of the great diarists of our generation in Honeybear, possessing a keen, merciless intelligence within a sophisticated melodic sensibility.
  4. Feb 2, 2015
    80
    Honeybear is rich with sarcasm, flagrant in some places and barely discernable in others. It is impossible to take seriously, but too damn compelling to be dismissed.
  5. Magnet
    Feb 19, 2015
    80
    Musically, Honeybear is more polished effort than Fear Fun, with more production and horns to fill out the songs and an even bigger experimental streak. [No. 117, p.56]
  6. Feb 9, 2015
    80
    If there's a funnier, stranger and more touchingly bizarre album released this year, it will be a very good year indeed.
  7. Feb 10, 2015
    50
    Father John Misty’s I Love You Honeybear takes a more ramshackle approach to the same style [as Beck], with vocals stretching into the distance, strings drenching fingerpicked acoustics, and saloon pianos aplenty. But with a default mode of arch snarkery, Misty doesn’t have much to say; he gets off a sharp line here and there, but can’t string them together into anything greater.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Feb 10, 2015
    10
    Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, manages to top 2012's phenomenal Fear Fun with this incredibly beautiful, passionate, depressing, honest,Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, manages to top 2012's phenomenal Fear Fun with this incredibly beautiful, passionate, depressing, honest, and often hilarious account of his misadventures with his wife, Emma. He expands on the Folk sound that he cultivated on Fear Fun by going completely over the top, giving listeners a synth pop jam in "True Affection," or the extravagantly orchestrated title track. There is so much to this album, it gets better with every listen. Expand
  2. Dec 3, 2015
    10
    This is J. Tillman at his best. 2012's Fear Fun was brilliant but I Love You, Honeybear solidifies his position as an amazing singerThis is J. Tillman at his best. 2012's Fear Fun was brilliant but I Love You, Honeybear solidifies his position as an amazing singer songwriter. He clearly stands out with his brilliant songwriting skills and candidly discusses love, marriage, depression and heartbreak in his idiosyncratic style. This is perhaps the best album of the year till now. Expand
  3. Sep 23, 2015
    10
    I really don't know what I can say about this fantastic album but to listen to it. It's just a wonderful piece of work that makes me smileI really don't know what I can say about this fantastic album but to listen to it. It's just a wonderful piece of work that makes me smile from start to finish. Expand
  4. Feb 11, 2015
    9
    This will probably be one of my favorite singer-songwriter albums of the year. The lyrics on the album are hilarious, depressing, and overallThis will probably be one of my favorite singer-songwriter albums of the year. The lyrics on the album are hilarious, depressing, and overall very satirical. The instrumentation is extremely lush and well produced. The song Chateau Lobby #4 has beautiful horns and the song "The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment" has a wonderful Velvet Underground and Nico vibe to it. Overall, this is a very well made album by Father John Misty, Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2015
    9
    Except for the occasional pothole, and some language I don't quite understand why it needed to be there, this album is great. Like, reallyExcept for the occasional pothole, and some language I don't quite understand why it needed to be there, this album is great. Like, really good. Father John Misty weaves a gorgeous sound, sharp song writing, and expert musicianship. The happy go lucky atmosphere blended with realism creates beautiful contrast. Did I mention this album also being cohesive, smart, and detailed? Really, it's hard to overrate this work and I've been loving it. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2015
    9
    If Beck won a grammy this year for "Morning Phase", then I would definitely expect Father John Misty's excellent "I Love You, Honeybear" to beIf Beck won a grammy this year for "Morning Phase", then I would definitely expect Father John Misty's excellent "I Love You, Honeybear" to be one of the front-runners at the Grammies for next year. Expand
  7. Mar 7, 2015
    7
    not too dissimilar to John Grant, lyrics, vocals and all yet simultaneously an enjoyable album that moves folk in some aspects to morenot too dissimilar to John Grant, lyrics, vocals and all yet simultaneously an enjoyable album that moves folk in some aspects to more interesting places. Expand

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