fun.
Aim and Ignite


3.0
good

Review

by Jonathan Langer USER (5 Reviews)
November 29th, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Certainly a "fun" listen, worthy of its namesake.

For the sake of the very real possibility of losing my mind trying to keep track of sentence breaks and capitalization, from this point on the band known as “fun.” will be referred to as Fun without any special grammatical considerations. Because, seriously, it reads the same. And unless it was Nate Ruess’s idea of a joke, and the “f” and “u” in Fun were meant to be a hidden message to music reviewers everywhere, I’ll just leave the creative band name undertakings to the poor pencil pushers who do this for a living.

Instead of mincing words about the name, let’s mince about the music. Those who take on the very agreeable task of listening to Fun should leave all labels behind, for starters. Even after four complete rotations of the album, I was at a loss to describe the sort of tunes contained within it’s colorful halls. Let’s say Queen meets Panic at the Disco meets Nightmare of You, but even that description is selling it pretty short.

Now, no matter how enjoyable the music’s sound is throughout the album, it’s still a trek getting through it all; the unusual tempos and layered vocals can become somewhat distracting despite the neatly packaged melodies. And nothing is more daunting than the first cut, “Be Calm”. The song unravels with accordion and strings as Ruess kicks off the album with the gusto of a ringleader at a circus. This is the sort of burlesque merriment you should expect from the remaining nine tracks, just at a much less pervasive, and even sometimes subtle, pace.

But the album does reveal itself after multiple listens, and that’s when the real cognizance can begin. The strength of the songs come from the sincerity of Ruess’s singing and the strong melodies, not to mention there isn’t a track that Fun doesn’t punctuate with dazzling instrumentals. Whether it’s clamorous power pop (”All The Pretty Girls”) or piano-savvy love dollops (”The Gambler”), Fun never loses its affability or, to finally make the titular comparison, it’s fun.

What rose from the ashes of the disbanding of The Format, Ruess’s former group, has turned into Fun and a pleasantly surprising initial effort. Since the band has recorded songs that were already works in progress, the overall sound is cogent and pleasing. Even though this is hardly an artistic monolith (some of the songs are a bit shallow lyrically), and some listeners will be turned off to the stereotyped, guy-linered emo elements harbored in a lot of the music, there’s no denying it’s a lively record and worth your attention.


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dylantheairplane
November 29th 2009


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My god you review quickly.
I like your writing style though, keep up the good work

klap
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2009


10575 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha its just a copy/paste job dylan. but is nicely done

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

EVedder27
November 29th 2009


6088 Comments


unique review style, I like it. Anyways I think it deserves more than a 3 but pos.

DiceMan
November 29th 2009


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ehh. I really liked this when it first came out but sometimes I feel like I have given it too much credit...

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2009


7026 Comments


Album is much better than a 3 but good review

qwe3
November 29th 2009


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no rating is correct

OllieS
November 29th 2009


2037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rating is a bit low. Great review though.

Prophet178
November 29th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ugh finally good review, I'm so tired of people sucking this albums dick around here.

PuddlesPuddles
November 29th 2009


4787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Agree with this review... can't see my rating raise above a 3.5

Enotron
November 29th 2009


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

horrible summary, but it probably couldn't have been avoided.

nice review.

zachbredberg
November 29th 2009


86 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It seems like your review wasn't even to the score you gave it. You gave it a, basically, average score but yet you said nothing that was negative about the album.

Phil
November 29th 2009


1473 Comments


"Now, no matter how enjoyable the music’s sound is throughout the album, it’s still a trek getting through it all; the unusual tempos and layered vocals can become somewhat distracting despite the neatly packaged melodies."

I agree that its a trek going through the whole album. I think there are a lot of orginality issues, such as 'All the pretty girls' being rather similar to Queen, at least parts of it anyway.

This rating is pretty accurate, I don't see the big deal with album.

ant4tbc
November 30th 2009


373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review, this album is fantastic.

Tiberone
December 7th 2009


34 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"Even after four complete rotations of the album..."

really?? is that enough to justify a review these days?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2009


17944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

four is plenty shut up



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