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Fear Fun

Father John Misty

Fear Fun

Eighth studio album from the Baltimore-born singer-songwriter, guitarist and drummer J. Tilman who recently left Fleet Foxes

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  1. 10.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It is a thing of madcap, mushroom-inspired Laurel Canyon genius, all done with a 1970s soft-rock smile
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  2. 9.2 |   The AU Review

    Expect to see this record featuring prominently in those year-end lists
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  3. 9.0 |   DIY

    One of the most endlessly intriguing albums of the year so far
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  4. 8.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    These twelve tracks are full, they’re self-aware, they’re straight up funny, and it’s these traits that immediately separate Father John Misty’s folk-rock from what Fleet Foxes do
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  5. 8.0 | mag

    Father John Misty has confidence in his songwriting and Phil Ek supports him on the mixer in an experienced, masterly way
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Every track on Fear Fun is laced with its own unique, original, and intriguing charm. Ultimately, it’ll be hard to find a more awe-inspiring album this year than Fear Fun. This is a record that deserves a spot in just about any contemporary music collection
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  7. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    As warm, witty and sometimes stirring as these tracks are, it’s all window dressing in comparison with the album’s two absolute standout genuine instant classic songs
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  8. 8.0 |   BBC

    Tillman’s first album as Father John Misty takes giant steps to underline his credentials, with a broader ambition, vocal reach and emotional gravitas
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  9. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It's clear from the start with the gorgeous opener, "Funtimes in Babylon," that Tillman's is a singular talent, and, thankfully, one that won't require much encouragement
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  10. 8.0 |   Blurt

    Abandoning his position behind Fleet Foxes' drum kit may be one of the wisest - and best timed - decisions of Tillman's professional life
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    There's a backwoods feel to much of this material and no shortage of sublime melodies. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Produced by Jonathan Wilson, who played on many of the songs, and is steeped in Wilson's Laurel Canyon vibe
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    A country-leaning, wise-cracking masterwork. A droll riposte to those who think post-millennial folk music is po-faced
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  14. 8.0 |   Prefix

    Amidst it all, there’s Joshua Tillman at the eye of the storm, restless as ever in his search for truth, a good time, a new name. He’s everyman, and he’s no man
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  15. 8.0 |   music OMH

    There's much to to engage on this album - in creating a pseudonym, it would appear that J Tillman has, ironically enough, discovered his own, very strong, identity
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  16. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Tillman soaks up the sounds, smells, and free-floating strangeness of his environment, and revels in its humanity
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  17. 7.5 |   Bowlegs

    The shackles have been shaken and the man has been born again
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  18. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    Fear Fun isn't merely a step forward lyrically; it also reveals new musical ambitions. Compared to his previous albums, it's positively kaleidoscopic: less content to be moody and pretty and more intent on getting up in your face
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  19. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Whatever the timeline, the former background drummer has now transformed into a forefront figure, albeit under a semi-fictional guise, birthing one of the most interesting lyrical personas to crop up in recent memory
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  20. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A striking, adept piece made accessible by Tillman’s clear-as-a-bell voice, Fear Fun is the ideal companion for a weird headspace
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  21. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    It’s Tillman’s voice that unifies the album as he slides easily from Jim Morrison-like squalls into wavering falsettos
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  22. 7.0 |   FasterLouder

    An album of joyful, celebratory sounding music with hooks aplenty and a clever thread of dark humour woven into it
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  23. 7.0 |   Spin

    Former Fleet Fox continues strong solo run with symphonic folk odyssey. Every vocal harmony shimmers
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  24. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Shares many of the qualities particular to Fleet Foxes
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  25. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Generally, he stomps or sways along in the nu Seattle folk/rockabilly grave-fun way. Print edition only

  26. 6.0 |   State

    An assured offering from a young folk veteran and is more-or-less filler free
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  • 9. Well, You Can Do It Without Me £0.99
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