Album Review of “I Love You, Honeybear” by Father John Misty

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by Drew Barber
KTSW Music

Artist: Father John Misty
Album: I Love You, Honeybear
Release Date: February 10, 2015

Father John Misty cover art for I Love You Honeybear
Father John Misty album cover for “I Love You Honeybear”

I Love You, Honeybear is the second album by Father John Misty; the first being Fear Fun. Both albums are total beautiful masterpieces, Fear Fun is a little more upbeat while I Love You, Honeybear has more slow jams with genius lyrics (the first album has genius lyrics too). This album explores the ups and downs of being in love, occasionally slipping into madness, and just life in general. Although the music is slow and happy, the lyrics will straight up blow your mind. Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), has been working on this album for nearly two years and claims the inspiration came from “tripping” at Joshua Tree with his significant other.

Each song in this album has something different going on in the background, there are some mariachi bands, gospel/soul renditions, orchestras, electronic beats, and the list goes on. The songs flow so nicely together that you feel like you’ve gone on some type of  journey with Josh Tillman as your mental guide. His lyrics are very open-hearted and messed up at times, but his voice is so mesmerizing that you sometimes don’t even recognize how dark the lyrics are.

My all-time favorite from this album has to be “Bored In the USA”. The lyrics are hilarious, yet cynical and really makes us think about the way we live in America. I got the pleasure of seeing him perform this song live during his Fear Fun tour and it literally made me cry a little bit. His voice belts through the song and you can feel the raw passion exerted in his performance. His live performance was definitely something I would go back to see, judging from the music you would think it would be very chill and low key but it was anything but that. Josh Tillman struts all over the stage and almost acts out his songs while he performs. On top of their original music, they do an amazing cover of The Beatles’ “Happiness is a Warm Gun” and recently did a cover of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box”

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