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God's Favorite Customer

Father John Misty

God's Favorite Customer

Fourth album from J Tillman under the Father John Misty pseudonym featuring contributions from Jonathan Wilson, The Haxan Cloak and Weyes Blood

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  1. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    This is the same Josh Tillman you've known all these years, albeit one who's shifting gears while retaining both his characteristic wit and his unique way with a melody
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  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    On Honeybear, Father John Misty was caught up in the excitement of falling in love and all the excitement, adventure and the hope that comes with it. With God’s Favorite Customer, that first flush has passed and he’s left with paralysing fear of its loss
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  3. 8.7 |   Earbuddy

    Depending on how much you loved I Love You, Honeybear and Pure Comedy, it may take you awhile to really enjoy God’s Favorite Customer. It’s THAT different
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  4. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    Josh Tillman is still self-absorbed. But his fourth full-length as Father John Misty exhibits a new sense of empathy and vulnerability while losing none of his wit
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  5. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Tillman-as-Misty recognizes his precarity throughout the record
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Tillman’s voice – which rarely gets mentioned in considerations of his success – is as wonderful as ever, clear and true, and warm and approachable, even if close examination reveals the deep damage beneath the veneer
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  7. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    He’s quickly served up another great LP while making the whole process sound effortless.
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    Barely a year after his last, Josh Tillman makes this shit look easy
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  9. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    What lifts God's Favorite Customer beyond homage is Tillman's slicing, free-associative candor as he examines the cost in sanity and constancy of his craft and touring life
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  10. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    A 10-track demonstration that when bleakness and fun can be married this well, wanting it any other way is churlish
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  11. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Tillman’s gift for melody and his penchant for droll, evocative lyrics pull these 10 songs back from the brink of morbidity
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  12. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The songs sound the same but the lyrics reveal a side to him that’s rarely made an appearance until now
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  13. 8.0 |   The Music

    If 'Pure Comedy' was Tillman's sardonic yet ultimately pointless attack on society, 'God's Favourite Customer' is the slow realization that improving your world first begins by looking within
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  14. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's lush, but not every line tries to spit out a diamond. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Q

    A heady journey through excess, absurdity and 21st century mores from arguably the world's most eloquent singer-songwriter, which seems to take us that bit closer to who he really is. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   Uncut

    When it's glorious, it really is glorious. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Everything you want from a Father John Misty record as it sinks into your psyche without you noticing and you’re singing every song to yourself against your will
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  18. 8.0 |   NME

    It’s a record riddled with questions, while refusing to offer answers. In remaining tight-lipped, this taciturn new aspect to Father John Misty might be his most genuinely sincere, and his most profound
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  19. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s the sombre piano ballads that capture the mood of this subdued yet satisfying collection
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  20. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Showcases Tillman at his most levelled: sly-tongued and biting, emotional and soulful, articulating life's most complex feelings in a way we can all understand
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  21. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Tillman's latest record may not quite reach the mountainous heights of Pure Comedy, although there's an argument to be made that it digs itself just as deep in the opposite direction
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  22. 8.0 |   Clash

    It’s another marvellous addition to the Father John Misty catalogue, delivered from a songwriter that surely now deserves to be recognised as one of, if not the greatest, of this decade
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  23. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Tillman may have sworn off the reckless grandeur of I Love You, Honeybear (still his best album to date), but the draw of Customer is its small victories and modest shifts in character
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  24. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    God’s Favourite Customer isn’t quite perfect, but it continues to showcase one of the finest songwriters of a generation
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  25. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    God’s Favorite Customer isn’t afforded the opportunity to shine with Tillman’s usual charming spirit – that’s not because the turmoil of heartache is too mundane a subject for the philosophically-minded Tillman to master, but because in order to master it, he needs to do more to whip up his usual reckless innovation
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  26. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Josh Tillman too often feels hopelessly lost inside his own head on God's Favorite Customer
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  27. 5.5 |   The 405

    Fans of his previous work will still get a lot out of Misty's latest, but despite its subject matter, this album feels a little safe and inconsequential
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