In the world of quirky and nostalgic pop, Fun. occupy an interesting place in the mix. A super-group of sorts, some may find this sound over the top, but pull back the layers and you will find a nostalgic mix of alternative, indie pop, and the good portions of the 70′s and 80′s. The band culls it’s sound from powerful vocals, provided by Nate Ruess, formerly of The Format, as well as a great backing band which included Jack Antonoff of Steel Train, and Andrew Dost. Is this album without it’s flaws? No, but it’s flaws don’t outweigh the triumphs of the album.
Some Nights has the best one-two punch to open an album in some time, generating great goose bump moments. The opening track, “Some Nights Intro,” is one of those rare tracks that sets the album apart from most you will see in similar styles. The subsequent “Some Nights” track is equally the stunner that the intro is; Ruess bellows “there are some nights I wait for someone to save us, but I never look inward, trying not to look outward, and some nights I pray our sun is gonna come to me.”
The bands success can be attributed to it’s huge single, “We Are Young,” which has been featured in Glee (that is, if you still watch it), as well as a spot in a super bowl commercial. It’s currently #1 on iTunes, and strangely doesn’t set itself apart from the album like most singles from other artists. The orchestration from the last album, Aim and Ignite, is still there, but pulled back quite a bit. The album’s real strength comes from the powerful lyrics; human, and down to earth, Fun. has some of the best lyrics you’ll hear all year.
Fun., along with Panic! at the Disco, may be Fueled by Ramen’s best bands. Fun.’s transition to the label may be attributable to the main stream sound of this album, but despite that, the band remains true to themselves, unlike Gym Class Heroes and Cobra Starship, who, if they don’t anger you, they should. This band picked the perfect name for itself, because that’s what this album is, pure fun!
Album Rating: Buy It on CD or Vinyl
Listening Co-efficient: Passive Listen
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