12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Never has such unadulterated glee, desire, and youthful exuberance been so perfectly filtered as it has on anthems like "We Are Young," "All Alone," or "Some Nights"; rarely has a pop vocalist come through such lavish instrumentation and prodigious production with the results Nate Ruess delivers. His voice reaches and stretches, always with enough plaintive sincerity and sparkling energy that it avoids saccharine pop purgatory with room to spare. Producer Jeff Bhasker (who produced Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) knows the meaning of the word "big," and precious few are the studio wizards who know exactly when to rein it in. Some Nights is an undeniably massive record, in all the good ways.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Never has such unadulterated glee, desire, and youthful exuberance been so perfectly filtered as it has on anthems like "We Are Young," "All Alone," or "Some Nights"; rarely has a pop vocalist come through such lavish instrumentation and prodigious production with the results Nate Ruess delivers. His voice reaches and stretches, always with enough plaintive sincerity and sparkling energy that it avoids saccharine pop purgatory with room to spare. Producer Jeff Bhasker (who produced Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) knows the meaning of the word "big," and precious few are the studio wizards who know exactly when to rein it in. Some Nights is an undeniably massive record, in all the good ways.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

10579 Ratings

10579 Ratings

GENIUS

Nags,

This band is GENIUS. So good! Every track, straight through is great. Can't wait to see them live!

Great Sophomore Album

Isaac54,

Some may say that this album doesn't live up to their fist album, and in many ways it doesn't. But why should a band keep making the exact same music cd after cd? Great job on reinventing yourselves as well as staying true to your roots. Fun. does a great job on this album. My favorite song by far would be "Some Night" because it opens up the albums with a kick. I feel the album does get lost in places, especially with the out of place "It Gets Better." But the albums wraps up surprisingly well. I love the song "Stars" a lot. I hope Fun. stays around for a long time. If they keep putting out music, I'll keep forking out the cash.

Brilliant.

the other anony,

Amazing follow up album. Shows aspects of what made their first album great, with a really developed feel. Specifically a fan of Some nights, Why Am I the One, and One Foot.

About Fun.

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 weeks and earned them two Grammy Awards.

Following the Format's breakup in 2008, Ruess took his songwriting skills to Steel Train's Antonoff and Anathallo's Dost, both of whom shared a similar affinity for vintage pop music and quirky, melodic hooks. The trio began a series of collaborations in Antonoff's parents' living room and soon enlisted the help of producer Steven McDonald, who recorded their work and handled bass duties. After enlisting the help of former Jellyfish keyboardist Robert Joseph Manning, Jr., who arranged several tracks, the bandmates completed work on their first record. Dubbing themselves Fun., the group introduced their Queen and ELO-influenced big pop sound in 2009 with the debut album Aim and Ignite.

In 2012, Fun. returned with their sophomore effort, Some Nights. The album was produced by Jeff Bhasker, who worked on Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The album drew much inspiration from hip-hop, and West in particular, while staying true to their roots and blowing their sound up to impressively large proportions. The record's first single, "We Are Young," featured vocals by Janelle Monáe and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's second single and title track fared similarly well, eventually landing at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2013, Fun.'s rising reputation as both commercial and critical darlings reached a peak when they received four Grammy nominations, and ultimately took home awards for Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "We Are Young." ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY
  • FORMED
    2008

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