‘I Love You, Honeybear’ Review: Fathering a Sophomore Success

February 17, 2015 11:48 PM

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‘I Love You, Honeybear’ Review: Fathering a Sophomore Success

With his sharp tongue, acerbic wit and gift for wordplay, Josh Tillman is a quote machine—in conversation and as a lyricist. As the release date approached for his second recording as Father John Misty, he summarized his plight: “I’m glad I’ll never have to make a follow-up to a beloved debut album again.”

His beloved Father John Misty debut was “Fear Fun,” issued in 2012. The new album, out now, is “I Love You, Honeybear” (Sub Pop), and it is as good as, though quite different from, its predecessor. It endured a difficult birth: Mr. Tillman, who is 33, junked an earlier version, he said by phone late...

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