Since leaving Fleet Foxes, Josh Tillman has released three albums under his pseudonym Father John Misty and he recently dropped his third solo project. Pure Comedy, which is anything but, was released on April 7, 2017 and has since become his highest-charting album on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The debut is reflected on the April 18 refresh after the tracking week ending April 13.
Pure Comedy is loaded with themes of humanity both positive and negative opens at No. 10 on the overall albums chart. It debuts with 35,000 total units which combines sales, streaming and tracking data. Of that number, Father John Misty's third record was fueled by mostly sales having 33,000 copies moved. The album is his first top 10 album following 2015's Love You, Honeybear which peaked at No. 17 on the chart having 30,000 in units and 28,000 in sales.
The album encompasses what humanity is like in the real world. From a man dying wondering who will call out fake people when he's gone in "Ballad of the Dying Man" to what we do for entertainment and what we idolize in the title track "Pure Comedy," the album points out the ironies of being human.
Thus far, Father John Misty has released four singles from the set including "Pure Comedy" as the lead, "Two Wildly Different Perspectives," "Ballad of the Dying Man" and "Total Entertainment Forever."
Listen to the album in its entirety below: