fun.
Some Nights


3.0
good

Review

by teslabarrier USER (6 Reviews)
August 19th, 2013 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: all alright

Without Fun, we would not know pop music as it is now. Gotye surely would not have reigned 2012, and Imagine Fagons or Mumford would never get airplay. It's because of Fun that indie music hits the top ten. Their sophomore album Some Nights was a decent one, but it looses steam toward the end.

Fun were influenced by Queen, and opener "Some Nights (Intro)" is a good example of this. Nate Ruess yells, "Oh my god!" in a Freddy Mercury influence style singing. It's short but sweet, and sounds like a Halloween song with the eerie background. Applause fades into the title track, the highlight of the album. It's pretentious, over-the-top and loud, but works. Around five minutes, it's Fun's Bohemian Rhapsody. "What do I stand for?" he cries, and his vocals are painful and believable.

Chart topper "We Are Young" is bland though, with a boring hook. Janelle Monae wastes a guest performance. "Carry On" contains cheesy lyrics and is rather vapid overall. The album falls farther as "It Gets Better" is full of too much vocoder and electro elements. By now, it seems that the album will sink.

But it rebounds. "Why am I The One" has a great vocal performance and the end where bits of the songs play is cool and innovative. "All Alone" is pretty pop-like, but the depressing lyrics make it worth the while. Another highlight is "All Alright". It's somber and depressing mood makes it one of the best songs on Some Nights.

But Fun lets us down again, as the album ends with a misfire. "One Foot" has annoying horns and synth, which makes it the worst song on the album. I skip this track all the time. "Stars" drags on for 7 minutes, and Ruess' autotuned voice really makes the song falter.

Though at the end "Out on the Town" makes up for the misfire. It's clever lyrics, and emotional vocals make it the second best song on the album. Some Nights starts out strong, gets weak in the middle, rebounds, then falters at the finish line. The bonus track doesn't count. It's a pretty decent album, lots of good tracks (plus the bonus), but the weak and bland tracks bring it down.



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user ratings (675)
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other reviews of this album
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  • Jack Gillespie (3.5)
    this sophomore effort brings grand choruses, a great leadman, and a gaurenteed prosperous ...

    E. Furniss (2)
    One of the most acclaimed albums of 2012, Fun. creates an overrated and Sad. attempt at mu...

    H. (4)
    Dripping with emotion and personality, does fun.'s sophomore outing live up to their first...

    Erinwolf1997 (4.5)
    A dynamic and personal album...

  • Steoandnoodles (3)
    fun. draw influences from Kanye West, Drake and other hip-hop personalities to bring you a...

    bob0716 (4.5)
    What could have wound up a discombobulated catastrophe, "Some Nights" succeeds on every le...

    Chris Fowler (4.5)
    A jubilant and wholehearted trip through the last ten years....

    Jacob Hampton (5)
    Why don't we break the rules already?...

  • Adam Knott EMERITUS (4)
    Fiercely upbeat and drenched in charisma....

    John Fraser (4)
    Drawing from new and varied influences, fun. create another album that's just that....


Comments:Add a Comment 
paradox1216
August 19th 2013


521 Comments


Four reviews in one day

seriously stap

Tunaboy45
August 19th 2013


3161 Comments


Another piece from the king of reviews.
A slight improvement over the previous ones. Try not to say retarded things like imagine fagons.
And four in one day is just stupid.

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Calc
August 19th 2013


12363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

please get banned.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2013


50954 Comments


"and Imagine Fagons or Mumford would never get airplay"

Stop trying to make me hate Fun even more

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Cygnatti
August 19th 2013


22288 Comments


meh album.

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sixdegrees
August 19th 2013


17706 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/news/25784/Staff-Contrib-Applications-Open/#lastpost

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2013


50954 Comments


lose has one o as in to lose your keys
loose with two Os is not correct here, that would be for a loose asshole or whatever

demigod!
August 19th 2013


45254 Comments


that one song thats in all those commercials is fucking terrible

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Tunaboy45
August 19th 2013


3161 Comments


As a grammar Nazi, this review infuriates me.

Green Baron
August 19th 2013


20325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well, at least it's better than your last three. not saying much though. won't neg or pos.

TooLateToGoBack
August 19th 2013


1780 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

please stop

just stop

RHCP1999
August 19th 2013


53 Comments


This is definitely the best of the four reviews today, but thats like saying syphilis is the best of the STI's .....

DegausserGuernica24
August 19th 2013


1134 Comments


please get banned. [2]

YoYoMancuso
August 19th 2013


11222 Comments


"This is definitely the best of the four reviews today, but thats like saying syphilis is the best of the STI's"


out of all the STI's to say are the best, you chose syphilis?

larrytheslug
August 19th 2013


1315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

some nights man...

paradox1216
August 19th 2013


521 Comments


I'm pretty partial to HIV

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
August 19th 2013


16911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fun. is actually a really awesome band that just got murdered by the radio and a media that lumps them in with terrible indie artists

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someguest
August 19th 2013


21377 Comments


some nights I wake up sticking it in sowingseason's butt

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ABjordanMM
August 20th 2013


1447 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not a fan. Love their first album though.

larrytheslug
August 20th 2013


1315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

reviewer nailed which songs are total stinkers.
im too much of a sucker to not listen!!! : DDDD



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