Critical acclaim for Pure Comedy:

“Hugely impressive… A great deal of the album’s power comes from the way the bleakness of the lyrics is offset by the lusciousness of the melodies.”

The Guardian – 5 Stars ***** (Album Of The Week)

Pure Comedy is quite some trip and one that lifts Father John Misty to another level altogether.”
MOJO – 5 Stars *****

“Not since Harry Nilsson has a singer managed to turn self-awareness, ironic social comment and real feeling and vulnerability into such potent art.”
The Times – 5 Stars *****

“Grandiose, ironic and affecting… An expansive 75 minute state-of-creation survey conducted by a lyricist writing at the height of his powers.”
Financial Times – 5 Stars *****

“Tender, considered and unashamedly sprawling at 75 minutes with two 10-minutes plus songs, Pure Comedy is truly beautiful music.”
Record Collector – 5 Stars *****

“Enigmatic and elegiac… The depth and complexity of his music is staggering.”
Sunday Express – 5 Stars ***** (Album Of The Week)

“A beautiful, illuminating masterpiece… One of the greatest modern songwriters.”
NME – 5 Stars ***** (Album Of The Week)

“Josh Tillman performs an astonishing victory lap on this consummate sequel. His Psychedelic Cabaret embraces country and FM heaven to exquisite effect.”
The Mirror – 5 Stars *****

Pure Comedy is a stone-cold classic, for which 2015’s sensational I Love You, Honeybear now seems a mere rehearsal.”
Sunday Times (Album Of The Week)

Pure Comedy represents a deepening of his artistry.”
Uncut – 8/10 (Album of the Month)

“The golden boy of Americana laughs in the face of Armageddon… Pure Comedy is delivered with wit and warmth.”
Q – 4 Stars ****

“Tillman is in control of a voice that’s full of empathy, and knockout lines for making this life bearable.”
Loud & Quiet – 8/10

“A clever, despairing paean to everything that is wrong… There are moments here that are truly affecting.”
The Observer (Album Of The Week)

“One of America’s most unmistakeable singer-songwriters… The songs demand close attention but they repay in kind.”
Evening Standard – 4 Stars ****

“A tour de force… Pure Comedy’s lushly beautiful Laurel Canyon balladry scores a mordant thesis on how the world’s gone wrong.”
Mail On Sunday – 4 Stars ****

“A sprawling, enigmatic diatribe on the state of humanity, Pure Comedy tackles a bewildering array of themes with wry humour.”
Daily Mail – 4 Stars ****

“An absorbing album.”
The i Paper – 4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week)

“A marvellous opus.”
The Sun – 4.5/5

“Absorbing, clever and amazing – there’s not many lyricists who address so many themes within the space of a single record.”
Louder Than War – 9/10

Pure Comedy furthers Misty’s grasp of more traditional song craft and melodies, and Jonathan Wilson’s production is perfect… A rich album.”
Shindig – 4 Stars ****

“It’s clever. It’s witty. It’s beautiful. God only knows how he does it.”

“His observations are so astute, so darkly funny that they make an album that could easily wind up preachy into a strange black comedy.”
DIY – 4 Stars ****

“A beautiful and foreboding soundtrack for the end of civilisation.”
DORK – 4 Stars ****