Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

3. Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear
(Sub Pop)

The premise of I Love You, Honeybear is incredibly simple, and truthfully, not all that original: it's the story of a relationship. But where love letters often fail by spiralling into cringe-inducing poetry and saccharine sentiments, Tillman's document of his relationship with his wife Emma bursts with unadorned beauty. By refusing to sugarcoat something so deeply complicated, Tillman illuminates the true magic of human connection, in all its best and worst moments, instead of novelizing it.

There's semi-delusional infatuation ("Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins)"), helpless jealousy ("Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow") and even aggressive self-loathing ("Ideal Husband"). It's always clear that the pain, confusion and uncertainty of dedicating oneself completely to another is ultimately worth it, but never so much as on the gorgeous, life-spanning closer, "I Went To The Store One Day." The bar has been raised, Romeos.
Matt Williams