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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.

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

4.5 out of 5

10591 Ratings

Auto tune much?

Rockabado,

1st album was great. This album will take some getting used to. Some good songs on here, but too much auto tune. I prefer your natural voice. It's what makes you great. To see this album played in a live performance will be interesting. Please don't disappoint. See you soon.

GENIUS

Nags,

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

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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