Fear Fun Import
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Fear Fun is the first album from J. Tillman under the moniker Father John Misty. The former Fleet Foxes drummer (Tillman left in 2011) had been releasing "solo" albums under his own name since 2003. The album was recorded in his home studio in Echo Park, LA, and was mixed by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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His talent is evident in all of his previous understated releases, but here he steps forward into the light. Though Tillman has likely benefitted from his association with the Fleet Foxes (being the drummer), he is stands on his own with confidence. Whereas previous releases have been, in the main, understated, quiet, simple songs of fragile beauty, `Fear Fun' goes multicolour. Arrangements and production are lavish, giving the songs a sweet, warm, summer feel and there is a more variety across the album.
The songs are strong and varied throughout: the punchy, Beatlesy `Well, you can do it without me'; countrified `Tee Pees 1-12'; angelic, Hammond organ driven `O I long to feel your arms around me' - it all adds up to a very satisfying listen.
Dithered between 4 and 5 stars. However, the guy deserves great credit, and the first reviewer (excellent review!) gave 4, so 5 it is! More please!
Undoubtedly some will argue that the ghosts of Laurel Canyon haunt his production but damn it if its good enough for Dawes and Jonathan Wilson why can't old Joshua have a slice of the action? In decamping to Los Angeles to record this album Tillman also seems to cultivated a sense of humour which was somewhat lacking from previous records. He describes the album as "weird-ass songs about weird-ass experiences" which allude to such existential luminaries Sartre and Heidegger as inspiration. Whether such a bunch of angst ridden philosophers is a good template for essentially West coast rock music is a debate that this reviewer will leave to the cleverer purchasers on Amazon, suffice it say that that large parts of this record are upbeat and in the equation of the title fun triumphs over fear. The use of otherworldly substances clearly plays a part in all this and Tillman admits that on his journey from rainy Seattle to humid LA he was carrying "enough mushrooms to choke a horse.Read more ›
There isn't a track that i dislike or feel is too weak to be on the album but of course I like some better than others, my favourites being Fun times in Babylon, Hollywood forever cemetery sings, Misty's nightmares and my absolute favourite, Nancy from now on.
Josh's voice is beautiful, yet strong and this is definitely noted when seeing him perform live. He is gifted, has a stunning voice, good looks, great songs and can certainly move those hips when performing. He has the lot. I've heard some of his new material for the next album and i can't wait.
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If you are considering buying this album, what can I say that the heading of my review doesn't already say? Nothing. But I have to write at least 20 words to comply with the rules.Published on 17 Jan. 2013 by chris