Father John Misty - God’s Favorite Customer (Bella Union / Sub Pop) 2018
The intelligence of Tillman is coming through too often to be overlooked or dismissed at this point – especially in moments where he recognizes his dumbness, flaws, and ‘misadventures’. It’s that witty mind that carries the artistic expression of Father John Misty… that, and how he chooses to deal with his life on record, time and time again.
Last year, when a journalist said that it was “hard not be bummed out while listening to Pure Comedy,” Tillman promptly replied, “Well, there’s a difference between art and entertainment. Entertainment is really about forgetting about your life, and art is about remembering your life.” That’s not just a guy that is willing to talk the talk and walk the walk, but also the purpose of a record like God’s Favorite Costumer, a record where Josh’s mental issues, doubts, life, and vulnerability take the spotlight. It can certainly be weary, but so is life.