June's Alternative Record of the Month - Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer (180g)
Father John Misty is J. Tillman. J. Tillman is Father John Misty. Father John Misty was created as the alter ego for Tillman in 2012 with the release of Fear Fun. He had just left the band Fleet Foxes and created the stage name which has now accumulated four albums with the 2018 release of God's Favorite Customer.
Last year, Tillman released the highly sardonic album Pure Comedy to high critical praise. NME had the album at #4 on their Albums of the Year list. Rolling Stone had it at #19, Uncut at #13, and Uproxx at number 5 on their comparable lists. Even the Blind Tiger Record Club had it on our Best Vinyl of 2017 list for Singer Songwriter. As good as the record was, it was at times "preachy" and as good as the album sounds, the commentary can be off-putting.
God's Favorite Customer has toned down the rhetoric, and we are left honest songs that are singable and beautiful. Tillman is a great songwriter and this album almost makes you feel that the fictional character of Father John Misty has become one with Tillman.
Many of the piano driven songs are reminiscent of early Elton John, but Tillman does a great job of mixing in rock songs in a way that keeps that comparison thin. The album is self produced, so it's all Tillman, and its his best release to date.
B.T.R.C. - David W. Williams
God’s Favorite Customer