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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for Josh Tillman as Father John Misty was written mostly in New York, including a two-months at a hotel and features contributions from Dave Cerminara, Haxan Cloak, Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood, Jonathan Rado, Trevor Spencer, and Jonathan Wilson.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 91
    When Tillman is good, he is very very good: a master of classic melody, even if the source is meta, and something like a true poet when he wants to be.
  2. Jun 1, 2018
    90
    With material this timeless, it’s no wonder Tillman has wide enough appeal to co-headline the Hollywood Bowl: Classic-rock oldsters and the Pitchfork generation can both hold him up as a gold standard. An album this good is its own happy ending.
  3. May 29, 2018
    80
    There's enough variety mixed in to keep the instrumentals fresh, with luxurious string passages, warm organ swells, overdriven guitar riffs, some harmonica and even a fuzzed-out synth tone.
  4. Q Magazine
    May 22, 2018
    80
    This is a heady journey through excess, absurdity and 21st century mores from arguably the world's most eloquent singer-songwriter, which seems to take us that bit closer to who he really is. [Jul 2018, p.117]
  5. Jun 1, 2018
    80
    Tillman’s voice--which rarely gets mentioned in considerations of his success--is as wonderful as ever, clear and true, and warm and approachable, even if close examination reveals the deep damage beneath the veneer.
  6. Jun 5, 2018
    80
    God’s Favourite Customer leaves the over-wrought and possibly over-thought days of Pure Comedy in its slipstream in return for something just that bit purer. True, the fun days of I Love You, Honeybear et al may be gone, but what a sacrifice if this is what we get in return.
  7. Jun 1, 2018
    50
    For now, we’re stuck with a record that’s both intentionally and unintentionally frustrating: A record about self-loathing where the actual remorse is absent, where its creator would insist that’s the point.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jun 2, 2018
    10
    This one is definitely a stand out because musically, there honestly isn't much going on. It's a very stripped down record that relies heavilyThis one is definitely a stand out because musically, there honestly isn't much going on. It's a very stripped down record that relies heavily on Father John Misty's amazing voice to make and deliver each track and it works, it really does. He's such an underestimated artist that still has yet to get his due despite a rapidly growing fanbase. Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2018
    10
    God’s Favorite Customer es el álbum más amigable ala escucha de John Misty, en un intento de comercialización que resulta ser muy bueno y alaGod’s Favorite Customer es el álbum más amigable ala escucha de John Misty, en un intento de comercialización que resulta ser muy bueno y ala vez lleno de calidad.
    Tal vez el mejor trabajo discográfico del año hasta el momento o al menos uno de los mejores.
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  3. Jun 2, 2018
    10
    He did it again! God’s Favorite Customer is an amazing album full of heart-filled ballads, uplifting beats, inward looking self critique withHe did it again! God’s Favorite Customer is an amazing album full of heart-filled ballads, uplifting beats, inward looking self critique with probably some of the best lyrics Josh Tillman has written. He just doesn’t disappoint. Expand
  4. Jun 1, 2018
    9
    Not a Father John Misty fan. Never listened to a full album by him before this. I listened to the opening song of Pure Comedy and I didn'tNot a Father John Misty fan. Never listened to a full album by him before this. I listened to the opening song of Pure Comedy and I didn't like it. I decided to try this new album cause I liked the cover. Wow. I'm pleasantly suprised. The album is very calm and relaxing to listen to. FJM's vocals are beautiful and the lyrics aren't bad at all. I'm really loving this project. Expand
  5. Oct 3, 2018
    8
    The man may or may not have been aiming for self parody with "Pure Comedy" but the album was such a bloated, pontificating and essentiallyThe man may or may not have been aiming for self parody with "Pure Comedy" but the album was such a bloated, pontificating and essentially boring affair, Mr Tillman needed to deliver the goods with album number 4. Straight away you can hear there is more urgency and a renewed focus on the tunes. "Hangout At The Gallows" harks back to Misty's excellent debut, preachy yes but with derision and a snarl instead of a lounge music shrug of the shoulders of "Pure Comedy". The strangely titled "Mr Tillman" is straightforward country rock but with subject matter more engaging that normal (one of the artists personas). While you have more sombre moments like "Just Dumb Enough to Try", "The Palace" and "The Songwriter", they are interspersed in a balanced way across the album in between up tempo belters like "Date Night", "Disappointing Diamonds..." and "We're Only People...". "God's Favourite Customer" reminds me a lot of George Harrison's later Beatles work and early solo stuff at times. Whether it's the guitar tones or the general production, this is the flavour I'm getting and that for me is fabulous. Expand
  6. Jun 22, 2018
    8
    1st listen - standout tracks are 'The Palace' ("Last night I wrote a poem/I must've been in the poem zone") and 'The Songwriter'....good but a1st listen - standout tracks are 'The Palace' ("Last night I wrote a poem/I must've been in the poem zone") and 'The Songwriter'....good but a bit too much like Jackson Browne or - heaven forbid - James Taylor or a spectrum of other 1970s soft rock crooners. (No? Have you seen that shirt-collar?)

    2nd listen - this is really appealing to me; playing the background but getting familiar with these songs and enjoying the arrangements and what is a really appealing voice.

    3rd listen - singalong time and not a 'disappointing diamond' on the album.

    A very strong like. Maybe a love in time.....
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  7. Jul 21, 2018
    6
    The melody seems sometimes repetitive. It's a decent album but it does not add anything to your experience as a listener.

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