Review: I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear by Father John MistyFor his second solo album, Josh Tillman – former Fleet Foxes guy, now a solo artist in his own right – embraced that most lovely of moments: falling in love. But I Love You, Honeybear is not completely saccharine: he knows he’s being annoying to some, and he’s not lost touch of the caustic humor that did him well in his solo debut. The most interesting thing – and, to me, the best – about this record, though, is that he toes the line nicely. He’s not being a complete smartass about the falling-in-love narrative that envelopes the album, but it remains consistent with the perspective he’s carved out for himself. I mean, he can’t risk it, given Tillman himself got married while this album was being written. It’s smart in so many ways that it rewards multiple listens, while the cute little flourishes (the canned laughter on “Bored in the USA”, for example) provide some instant gratification. This record might as well be a classic of some sort. [NB] | 4/5

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