Father John Misty - Fear Fun
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Based on 21 reviews
2012 Ratings: #95 / 1047
Year End Rank: #34
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2012 Ratings: #95
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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.
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.


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


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.

Under The Radar

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


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.


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.

A.V. Club

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


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

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.

Former Fleet Fox continues strong solo run with symphonic folk odyssey. Every vocal harmony shimmers.
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.
The 405

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

if adventure time was music: adventure-songwriter. it’s this; this is sally hatchet

this is nonchalantly epic. it’s hazily lush. it’s timeless, and it can be beautiful as any genre you want it to be. j.Tillman re-debuts solo music under a vague, chill name, an adventure songwriter
I wasn't a big fan of Pure Comedy but I decided to still listen to the rest of Father John Misty's discography starting with his debut album, Fear Fun. Now I had no Idea that Tillman was once a member of Fleet Foxes, but that indie folk-rock style definitely shows up on this album but Tillman puts his own slightly psych twist on it. Compared to Pure Comedy, this album is really catchy. Pretty much every song has aspects that lead to a great Indie Folk song that gets stuck in your head. Whether ... read more
* Funtimes In Babylon (9/10)
* Nancy From Now On (8.5/10)
* Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (7.5/10)
* I'm Writing A Novel (8/10)
* O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me (6.5/10)
* Misty's Nightmares 1&2 (7.5/10)
* Only Son of the Ladiesman (8/10)
* This Sally Hatchet (7.5/10)
* Well, You Can Do It Without Me (8/10)
* Now I'm Learning to Love the War (8.5/10)
* Tee Pees 1-12 (7.5/10)
* Everyman Needs a Companion (8/10)

Nota Final: 79/100
A catchy, fun little debut record from FJM with infusing melodies and sometimes surprisingly-good songwriting. Sure, it's not his best solo work (might even be his 'worst') but it's certainly very enjoyable for a light-hearted listen.

Strong 7/10
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
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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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Added on: February 2, 2012