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Editors’ Notes

This New York–based baroque pop trio goes for a strange mix on its debut, creating a sound that’s influenced by ELO’s penchant for grand orchestrations and ELP’s progressive leanings in song structure. The band made the smart choices to employ the production skills of Redd Kross' Steve McDonald and use the arranging and keyboard talents of Jellyfish's Roger Joseph Manning Jr. “Be Calm” starts with the animated pomposity of Queen (check out Nate Ruess’ dynamic vocal range) and the complex song-charting of early Yes recordings. “Benson Hedges” follows, with soaring gospel harmonies that hover over a patchwork of vintage keyboards before the tune unfolds to reveal a guitar-pop epic as catchy as it is complex. But as involved and intricate as these songs are, Ruess and company neither succumb to proggy pretensions nor fall into the trap of making music for musicians. “The Gambler” balances British Invasion–era balladry with an earnest idealism of aging.

Customer Reviews

Can I Give It a 6 out of 5?

The number one thing I like most about this band is their ability to write extremely fun and catchy tunes that have incredible lyrical depth. At first listen, you like the song because of the fantastic energy, beat, rhythm, and interesting arrangement of instruments. But upon the 2nd or 3rd listen, you realize that the lyrics are incredibly fantastic and show a lot of poetry and depth mixed inside of the instrumental genius. Then upon the 4th or 5th listen, you truly appreciate the overall message of the song encompassed within the multi-layered piecing of both instruments and vocals.
I could listen over and over to this album and still love it. I stumbled onto this band a while ago, and it was the best stumble I have ever had.


In the song "All the Pretty Girls," I can definately hear a Queen influence. It's a good album.

Amazing album!

First off, let me say David Miller is a douche and his review doesn't reflect the actual quality of this album. I'm not a hipster by any stretch of the imagination and this band isn't TRYING to be catchy, they ARE ridiculously catchy. Some of the best hooks I've ever heard are on this album. Very creative instrumental and orchestra arrangements with incredible vocals to boot. Do yourself a favor and buy this album, hipster or not.


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 with their sophomore album, Some Nights, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for over six...
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