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Some Nights

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Album Review

Fun.'s debut album Aim and Ignite was an interesting blend of seemingly divergent styles topped by a healthy dose of grandiose ambition and performed with a precise abandon. The trio made an album that was truly progressive and also super catchy and fun. The follow-up, Some Nights, ramps up the ambition and sonic bombast, but also manages to be even more powerful and impressive. While writing and planning the album, singer Nate Ruess, guitarist Jack Antonoff, and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost were heavily influenced by both the sound and scope of Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and made every attempt to achieve something similar, even to the point of hiring that album's co-producer Jeff Bhasker to produce and craft beats for them. (Also Emile Haynie, who has worked with Eminem among others) Though the album has more of a hip-hop influence than Aim and Ignite did, there are still large doses of Queen and ELO coursing through the band's blood, both in the machine-crafted vocal harmonies and the ornate bigness of the sound. The album is overloaded with strings and horns, backing vocals, keyboards, and programmed drums surrounding Ruess like a clamoring crowd, but never drowning out his innately sincere vocals and painfully honest lyrics. He has the kind of voice that could cut through any amount of noise, not by using volume but honesty. Even when he's fed through Auto-Tune, you know he's telling you the truth all the time. On songs like the lead single "We Are Young" or the rollicking "All Alone," he provides a very human core that grounds things even as the music builds to ornate crescendos. Indeed, the album is really, really big sounding and could easily have ended up collapsing under its own weight and pretension, but the opposite happens and Some Nights takes flight instead. The songs are both anthemic and human-sized, the heartfelt words and naked emotions are never buried, and the music is uplifting, not overpowering. The trio has crafted a record that measures up to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy musically and delivers enough emotional charge to power a small town for a month. It's an impressive achievement and Fun. deserves every bit of acclaim that comes its way because of it.

Customer Reviews

A Lot of Promise

I want to love this album. I really do. I really dug the first album because it sounded so different and original. Nate is an incredible songwriter and lyricist, and also an incredible singer. In my opinion, the vocoder and the drum machines really murdered a lot of fun.'s personality. The melodies are great, and from a songwriting perspective, it's incredibly well done, but when you put it into a computer and make everything perfect, a good chunk of personality is lost. Honestly, they're amazing musicians, so the overproduction really ruined the album for me personally. Their acoustic performances blow me away, but the producer just made this album sound a lot more sterile than it could have been.

OH MY GOD

SOME NIGHTS (the song) IS AMAZINNGGGGGG!!!! I LOVE THIS ALBUMMM

Absolute Perfection

At first I never thought I'd really be Ito this type of music. But then after buying their album aim and ignite, I realized just how extraordinary their music really is. I thought I'd give this album a go, and I'm glad I did. They did an amazing job and this is definitely by far one of my top favorites. Nate is an outstanding singer and song writer, like his band members have said about him, he really is the whole reason 'Fun.' is fun. His lyrics take over and there is no going back. Anyways, I highly recommend this album!! :)

Biography

Formed: 2008 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A genre-bending pop trio from New York City, Fun. infuse their literate indie rock songwriting sensibility with such varied influences as vintage '50s pop music, '80s adult contemporary, and hip-hop. Born out of three different bands, Fun. feature the talents of former the Format lead vocalist Nate Ruess, Steel Train guitarist Jack Antonoff, and Anathallo keyboardist Andrew Dost. Fun. broke big in 2012...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Feb 21, 2012
  • Parental Advisory

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