It’s funny what a couple of well placed television spots can do for a band. Before Glee covered it, and way before it was used in a Super Bowl commercial for the Chevy Sonic, fun.’s first single “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” was just another promising track that got buried beneath the mainstays of the alternative rock scene. Now, both the original single and the Glee cover have reached #1 on the iTunes charts respectively, and Nate Ruess and company are becoming everybody’s new favorite band; jumping on their increasingly fast moving bandwagon.
To those people who know them only for “We Are Young,” I say boo to you. fun. already released an album a couple of years ago entitled Aim and Ignite, which is a fantastic throwback to music past. You could even go as far as the three members’ previous bands, including The Format, Steel Train, and Anathallo. But I guess that’s the past, and Some Nights, fun.’s newest album, is now. And it might take a drastic turn from their previous sound, but that doesn’t make this album bad. Trust me, it’s not bad at all.
The album opens up beautifully, with two title tracks. The intro is this small-in-length but operatically loud power piece, giving an awesome mini-showcase of how large Nate’s voice can get (go to Youtube and watch him do it live if you don’t believe me). The actual track “Some Nights” is a rousing march that is sure to be chanted along to during their live performances. Then, of course, is “We Are Young,” which I will go on the record in saying that it might very well end up being Single Of The Year come this winter.
Their slower songs, just like their previous album, are all fantastic. “Carry On” is an inspirational singalong, while “Why Am I The One” is a nice story of youth and the lessons we learn (at least that’s what I took from it). The final track (not including the bonus track) “Stars” sounds like it was taken from Kanye West’s 808′s and Heartbreaks. It took some time to get into it, but I rather enjoyed the entirety of the six plus minute song.
As much as I enjoyed this album (and I did quite a bit), it’s safe to say that they went a lot more commercial with this Some Nights than they did with Ignite. Produced by Jeff Bhasker, who did some of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and some in Kid Cudi’s Man On The Moon series, the album strays away from the down-to-Earth alternative sound that they had with Aim and Ignite, and go for a rather commercial, heavily produced album. This is incredibly evident on “It Gets Better,” and rather random moments of Auto-Tune throughout (“Stars”). Now, I personally think that Nate doesn’t need it, cause his range is off the charts. But hey, I’m not the creative director here.
Normally, I’d probably say something about how it’s only ten songs long, but it actually helps this album out a lot. Some Nights could have been filled to the rim of tracks that were over-produced, holding no real meanings at all. Instead, they gave us ten solid tracks, opening the doors to their brand new fan base. Some might find the Auto-Tune a little annoying, but if you can look past it, you will find one awesome album. Congrats fun. on your recent success, couldn’t think of a band who deserved it more.
Final Grade: A-
Go Download: “Some Nights,” “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe),” “Carry On”
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