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Father John Misty - Fear Fun
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Ratings: #98 / 955
Year End Rank: #34
User Score
Based on 349 ratings
2012 Ratings: #146
May 1, 2012 / Release Date
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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.

MinatoArisato
75
Tillman's debut as Father John Misty is an exciting peek into what the talented songwriter has to offer. Fear Fun isn't all that inventive or as fleshed out as his later works but it is still a pleasant listen.

Best Track: Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
Worst Track: Tee Pees 1-12
EdFruscley
95
Maybe one of the greatest folk album's of the decade, Father John Misty begins his new career, polish his new nickname with a mashup of concepts, satirical references and twits concepts of the all decade. Is like a traveling man with all his music stuff across the country, with all the brand new equipment always a brilliant production but with a story to tell
KengojiUltamYT
98
He needs to go back to this sound
Bjartolini
78
papa misty whips up a nice comfortable debut

the start of the album is pretty flawless, tracks 1-5 all flow nicely and great. O I Long etc and Mistys Nightmares throws the flow off a bit but they're not awful songs. However luckily the albums shining big beautiful centerpiece, Only Son of the Ladiesman comes to the rescue shortly after and all is forgiven. From there on out its a mix of decent and nice. Sally Hatchet is ok, You Can Do It Without Me is Ok minus, Love the War is very nice, tee ... read more
78
The least famous of the four Father John Misty albums, “Fear Fun” is still well worth listening to. While he carried out this specific vision even more effectively on “I Love You, Honeybear,” this record is a funny, snarky, and highly intelligent introduction to one of the most distinctive (and controversial) singer-songwriters in recent memory. Josh Tillman gets hit with a lot of Randy Newman comparisons, and the parallels are most evident on “Fear Fun.” ... read more
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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
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