Father John Misty - 'God's Favourite Customer'

8/10

Since becoming Father John Misty, frontman Josh Tillman has proven himself to be one of the most engaging and thought-provoking songwriters of our time. His last full-length 'Pure Comedy', released only last year, was one of the wittiest and most compelling releases of his career so far, and obviously still remaining very much in the momentum of that record, he has returned to share his fourth Father John LP 'God's Favourite Customer'; another album that follows the religiously cynical theme of his last.

From the start, it seems clear that this is an almost sequel to his last full-length. While 'Pure Comedy' took pride in mocking religious sensibilities and ideals, it seems that 'God's Favourite Customer' looks to be more of a reflective position, pointing out the controversy his previous album inevitably caused and now appears to seek redemption for it. Obviously it plays with the same sense of irony, but this new material is just as engaging as his last and shows that when you are onto something good, you can milk it as far as it will go.

While all his albums usually come with a loose theme, this one definitely appears to be more cohesive than most. 'God's Favourite Customer' will no doubt become just as admired as 'Pure Comedy', and cements Father John Misty as one of today's greatest frontmen.

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