Chloë and the Next 20th Century

Father John Misty - Chloë and the Next 20th Century
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Based on 31 reviews
2022 Ratings: #368 / 797
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On album five, Mr Tillman’s ambitious, big band-style visions and bossa nova experiments (yes, really) come to life with thrilling effect.

Father John Misty’s Chloë and the Next 20th Century is filled with deeply imaginative arrangements and sophisticated, textured songwriting.


On ‘Chloë and the Next 20th Century’, Father John Misty is transporting himself to a different world; it sounds pretty damn sweet over there.


Chloë represents a very stark, yet impressive left turn for Tillman, a record that sees him grow not only as a narrative lyricist, but also a master arranger.

Entertainment Weekly

Nearly every track comes draped in a lush overlay of strings and piano, though the lyrics ... are pure picaresque, so full of eccentric characters and casual Hollywood lore they feel less like songs than Paul Thomas Anderson movies compressed to six minutes or less.

A.V. Club
Josh Tillman’s new album is a foray into old Hollywood that goes down like a smooth martini.
Lush, orchestral heartbreak from Josh Tillman's divisive and unforgivingly gifted alter ego.
Beats Per Minute
Not every entry is gripping, and their mileage will depend on how much time you’re willing to settle in and let them wash over you, but overall it’s an impressively graceful skip into a new era for the songwriter.
Record Collector

Sly and sumptuous, it high-kicks, slinks and preens into view as a set of Hollywood songs of delusion, heartache, stardom, nostalgia, and tragicomic obsession, unabashed in its excesses and meta-mischief alike.

The Telegraph
While this pastiche is obviously intentional, it never really feels like one. It also creates a much more romantic and intriguing world to fall into than the closed-curtains one of its predecessor. Josh Tillman remains a curious cat, but here he also sounds like a much more contented one.
The Irish Times
The idea of restraint here is interesting, given that there is a real sonic lusciousness at work also, producing an often dazzling if at times discomfiting effect. Genres meld and bend, from a country inflection here to a Weimar-era Kurt Weill nod there, yet nothing seems too pastiche, or laboured.
Fans who fell in love with Tillman's sharp social commentary will find plenty to hone in on, but the lush sounds take some of the bite out of his clever barbs and cynical perspectives on love and connection. Even with the strong, considered design of his previous albums, Father John Misty has never sounded so pleasant.

As Chloë and the Next 20th Century sees Father John Misty escaping into his own parallel Hollywood reality, it's highly entertaining to slip in alongside him.

‘Chloë and the Next 20th Century’ is a sprawling statement with little concern for the outside world, he gushes over Chloe’s successes as a star yet laments how crowds praise her – he wants her all to himself. The record is vast yet insular, and you cant help but get swept up by the show.
With a full orchestra at his heels, Father John Misty’s fifth album is likely to be one of the classiest and most ambitious records of the year; only he could pull this off.
The Guardian
Josh Tillman’s stunningly melodic, sepia-tinged new songs are so much more than knowing facsimiles of vintage styles.
Northern Transmissions
It’s a big, bold, beautiful statement that doesn’t hit you over the head but gently and carefully makes it way into your heart.
The Skinny
Josh Tillman’s latest release under his notoriously self-indulgent Father John Misty moniker marks a refreshing change in direction: privileging the music far above the man.
Singer-songwriter Josh Tillman reaches far, far back to the golden age of Hollywood for a dreamy, lushly orchestrated, wryly comic collection of vignettes that all depend upon the timelessness of a love song.
Spectrum Culture
Father John Misty’s conspicuous vanishing act – away from being a big online personality – only highlights his impressive, and remarkably consistent, knack for delivering razor-sharp lyricism atop lush soundscapes.
Under The Radar

While Chloë and the Next 20th Century doesn’t quite measure up to the best of his impressive catalogue, lacking in some of the more unique traits that make those albums so special, even a slightly weaker Father John Misty album is still pretty damn good.

These songs are bound together by their musical arrangements, presented as rightful heirs to a lost catalogue of great American songwriting.
Loud and Quiet

Chloë and The Next 20th Century is testament to Father John Misty’s art of weaving a tale that is all too familiar, yet seemingly far removed from our present reality – it’s rooted in nostalgia, rumination and longing.

Rolling Stone

With delicate orchestral arrangements, a dead Turkish Angora, and an overlying Old Hollywood theme, Chloë and the Next 20th Century is the most un-Misty-like album yet. We’re OK with that.


Chloë and the Next 20th Century sees Tillman embrace Hollywood’s Golden Age with more musical cues inspired by the silver screen’s black and white era than you could shake an entire tree at.

The dude sounds bored. Extrapolating from the point about the sound, Misty’s disaffection throughout most of the album is in fact something we can read as character acting.

It's opulent and immaculately composed but lacks the strong perspective that's usually central to FJM's work. Many of the lyrics display Tillman's signature wit, but his targets here aren't as clearly defined as on past works.

The Independent

Chlöe and the Next 20th Century presents Tillman as a sort of jaded Jacques Brel – he is less obnoxious than ever. But as with many good villains, the less I empathise with Father John Misty, the more I care what he has to say.

The Line of Best Fit

For an album which so clearly sells itself as a capital C concept Album, the narrative is indecipherable; each track dropping a handful of new character names, and the final song seems to give up on it completely.

Slant Magazine

Father John Misty’s Chloë and the Next 20th Century chases love as its guiding subject but too rarely feels amorous or sensual.

The Needle Drop
For me, this is somewhat of an unfortunate album for Mr. Tillman.

Let's get carried away by the nostalgia of a time that no longer exists in Chloe and the Next 20th Century, a timeless love story in black and white settings. Father John Misty succeeds again in the challenge of the concept and he seems to take pleasure in doing it

[ Hey AOTY, It's a pleasure to see you again after a 2 weeks break, Love]

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A very pretty project. FJM isn’t doing anything too impressive, but it sounds quite nice


Embora estaria mentindo se dissesse que 'Chloë and the Next 20th Century' chega ao nível dos melhores álbuns de Father John Misty como 'I Love You, Honeybear' e 'Pure Comedy', seu mais novo álbum é ainda um registro fascinante que consegue figurar entre os melhores discos do ano até agora ao trazer uma extrema qualidade lírica e sonora.

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My least favorite record from Tillman to date, while I think it's cool he wanted to shift into this more old-school, big band approach, the songwriting was pretty mediocre except for a couple standout tracks like "Funny Girl" and "Chloe"
That being said, it's still worth a listen, especially if this is a sound you enjoy


This just isn't my thing I guess. While there are definitely some songs that stood out to me like Chloe and We Could be Strangers it just didn't click.


For me, this is somewhat of an unfortunate album for Mr. Tillman.

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Added on: November 28, 2021