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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
DIY
It’s that confusion that makes ‘Fear Fun’ what it is – the more styles and lyrics jostle and reposition, the more we understand the man underneath it all.
84
Beats Per Minute

These twelve tracks are full, they’re self-aware, they’re straight up funny, and it’s these traits that immediately separate Father John Misty’s folk-rock from what Fleet Foxes do.

80
NME

'Fear Fun' is a country-leaning, wise-cracking masterwork.

80
musicOMH

If Fleet Foxes, or indeed, beardy folk/roots music in general, leave you cold, then you probably won't find much to enjoy with Father John Misty.

80
Under The Radar

It's clear from the start with the gorgeous opener, "Funtimes in Babylon," that Tillman's is a singular talent

80
PopMatters

Ultimately, it’ll be hard to find a more awe-inspiring album this year than Fear Fun. This is a record that deserves a spot in just about any contemporary music collection.

80
AllMusic

Fear Fun's deft mix of folly and grandeur strikes a nice balance between the over the top hippie shenanigans of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and the vapid, calculated debauchery of Lana Del Ray.

75
A.V. Club

Tillman soaks up the sounds, smells, and free-floating strangeness of his environment, and revels in its humanity. 

73
Pitchfork

Tillman varies things up on Fear Fun, reveals an adventurous palette, and makes what may be his best album to date.

70
Consequence of Sound

A striking, adept piece made accessible by Tillman’s clear-as-a-bell voice, Fear Fun is the ideal companion for a weird headspace.

70
Spin
Former Fleet Fox continues strong solo run with symphonic folk odyssey. Every vocal harmony shimmers.
70
Slant Magazine
These are songs about trying to find onself, realizing how cliché that quest is, and then further realizing that there's no choice but to push through anyway.
60
The 405

With a few exceptions it's middle of the road music for middle aged middle managers.

Apr 18, 2017
dearsongs
88
My total love of Pure Comedy caused me to revisit this and holy hell is it good. So many good tunes! LOVE it.
Aug 4, 2016
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Only Son of the Ladiesman , Now I'm Learning to Love the War , Tee Pees 1-12
Apr 30, 2016
KevinPasos
81
Essential Tracks - Nancy From Now On // I'm Writing a Novel
Jun 30, 2015
SiberianBreaks
74
Even though the album sort of lacks variety and consistency, J. Tillman brings a lot of promise with his humorous songwriting.

Favourite tracks: Nancy From Now On, I'm Writing a Novel, This Is Sally Hatchet
Track List
  1. Funtimes in Babylon 
  2. Nancy From Now On 
  3. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings 
  4. I'm Writing a Novel 
  5. O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me 
  6. Misty's Nightmares 1 & 2 
  7. Only Son of the Ladiesman 
  8. This Is Sally Hatchet 
  9. Well, You Can Do It Without Me 
  10. Now I'm Learning to Love the War 
  11. Tee Pees 1-12 
  12. Everyman Needs a Companion


Added on: February 2, 2012