I tried to get through Father John Misty’s last album, Pure Comedy, but I just couldn’t. It’s social commentary felt heavy-handed and overwrought with a sense self-seriousness that I just couldn’t get into. So I was reluctant to get into God’s Favorite Customer but I’m glad I did because it’s a strong departure from the direction of that last project. It’s a far simpler listen that’s stripped down and full of introspection. Yes there’s still social commentary but here it feels more natural and it’s expertly crafted. The instrumentation and compositions, while pretty simple, still sound phenomenal and are varied enough to keep the album moving forward, while the real focus is on his vocals and the songwriting – both of which are executed exceptionally well. The fact that Father John Misty can carry such a musically stripped down album with not much more than his vocals and some superb songwriting should say it all. It’s a stand out.
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Disappointing diamonds are the rarest of them all And a love that lasts forever really can’t be that special Sure we know our roles, and how it’s supposed to go Does everybody have to be the greatest story ever told?
– “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All”
Have you heard God’s Favorite Customer? What’d you think about it? Which lyric stood out to you the most? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer Reaction
The fact that Father John Misty can carry such a musically stripped down album with not much more than his vocals and some superb songwriting should say it all. It's a stand out.
Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All
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