50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far

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Father John Misty, 'Pure Comedy'
Father John Misty: ‘Pure Comedy’20/50

Father John Misty, 'Pure Comedy'

We Say: As many of us navigate between headline-driven panic attacks and insomniac social-media tantrums, Pure Comedy distills terabytes-worth of doomsaying Facebook rants into a 75-minute comic-existential opus that functions like a despair inoculation. The humor is strictly gallows, even when it seems quipped. ... What makes this more than glib is a golden-era songwriting craft evidently shaped by [Josh] Tillman's tenure with Fleet Foxes, and his unsparing self-examination.

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