fun.
Some Nights


4.0
excellent

Review

by John Fraser USER (11 Reviews)
February 13th, 2012 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Drawing from new and varied influences, fun. create another album that's just that.

fun.'s 2009 debut effort Aim and Ignite caught the attention of many for its heart-on-its-sleeve romanticism and blatantly poppy mentality. With a backdrop of harmonies and clangy pianos, fun. drew inspiration from bands like Queen to make a critically acclaimed and widely beloved album. It would have been easy to simply duplicate that successful sound for their second album, but instead fun. have expanded their sound to incorporate new influences and instruments.

Immediately the "Some Nights Intro" launches the listener into the album with increased expectations. Aim and Ignite was praised for its grandiosity, and Some Nights will draw no accusations of losing it. Almost operatic, Nate Ruess' voice, aided by auto-tune which is used liberally throughout the album but never feels lazy or out-of-place, soars in a way familiar to fans. The upbeat "It Gets Better" shares and magnifies this new feature. The use of electronic beats and samples might be a source of concern to devotees to traditional piano/harmonies pop in the same way that Sufjan Steven's The Age of Adz's did, but while it does pop up several times, many songs do not feature them at all, like the more anthemic, classic-pop sounding "Why Am I the Only One". Songs like this would not sound out of place on Aim and Ignite, or even on a Queen album.

This does lead to an issue that the album does have, which is consistency problems. The jumping from style to style seems a bit frantic at times, and contrast is used a bit too often, which results in a lack of cohesion that makes the album suffer a bit on a full listen. This is much more a collection of songs than a full front-to-back album, which while excusable for a straight-forward pop band is a little less so when the album is as ambitious music-wise as this one.

Fun. can always be counted on to deliver fantastic and uplifting music, and the cheerfulness is still prominent. Even the sadder songs, like the excellent "All Alone" are upbeat and a joy to listen to. The sadder songs (like "Carry On", the slowest song on the album) are still resiliently upbeat either in message or general sound. "All Alright" and "It Gets Better" both share the "get through it" meaning, which is admittedly a bit redundant feeling. The eponymous track draws influence from African drums, a feature that normally feels forced in pop (especially indie-pop music), and yet the clear fun that the band and guest musicians are having is obvious and contagious. This is a joyful-sounding album, and could we have expected anything different?

This is a fun. album, in name and in nature.

4/5

Best songs:

It Gets Better
All Alone
Some Nights



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Comments:Add a Comment 
outline
February 13th 2012


563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't done on of these in a while.

outline
February 13th 2012


563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rick Hennesy

Anthracks
February 13th 2012


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not a fan. of this album

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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2012


9065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This came out?
Sweet

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2012


7404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm only 3 songs in but so far I'm really liking this.

Knott-
Emeritus
February 13th 2012


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well that's my listening sorted for the next forty years.

Fugue
February 13th 2012


7354 Comments


Think I'm in love with this tbh, all I need for Valentines.

Digging: Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2012


50872 Comments


what an awful album cover

Digging: Bobby Barnett - Little Wounds

Wombat988
February 13th 2012


389 Comments


This is going to get massively mixed reactions

HypedMerchant
February 13th 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree it's a pretty bad album cover.
This album went by entirely too fast. The auto-tune Nate uses is quite annoying as well... he has too much of a glorious voice for that.

Knott-
Emeritus
February 13th 2012


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is going to get massively mixed reactions


yep

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2012


16789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so far this is slightly underwhelming

but i haven't given up on it yet

Digging: Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

ohfoxxxycole
February 13th 2012


4353 Comments


aim and ignite was annoying, wont be listening to this

light a roman candle with me

ant4tbc
February 13th 2012


373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that intro...damn

Eko
February 13th 2012


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

woah this is pretty cool

so where have I heard We Are Young because I've definitely heard it before...?

BigTuna
February 13th 2012


5161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They sang it on Glee, and it was also the theme music for a Super Bowl commercial.

Knott-
Emeritus
February 13th 2012


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry, everyone, but my review of this record is going to have about as much restraint as my Aim And Ignite write-up.

Fucking rules from start to finish.

Eko
February 13th 2012


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Was the Super Bowl commercial I think

thatoneguy726
February 14th 2012


1636 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes! Can't wait to see knott's review

DiceMan
February 14th 2012


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It Gets Better gives me a migraine.



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