Fun is an alternative rock band from New York City. It is made up of Nate Ruess on vocals, Andrew Dost on drums and Jack Antonoff on guitar. Fun have released two albums: their debut Aim and Ignite in 2009 and their latest Some Nights in February 2012.
I had big expectations for this album. I fell in love with the song We Are Young when it was released as a single, and soon after, the song Some Nights. Fun released the album on Fueled By Ramen, the same label as one of my favourite bands, Paramore, and also some other bands I like, such as Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy. So I had a lot of hope for this band. I’ve done a short review on each song.
1. Some Nights Intro:
Ruess’ voice really tells a story in this song. It brings you into the album with a bang and I like the use of other female voices. A fantastic start to an album.
2. Some Nights:
A very strong track. The harmonies are amazing and I really like the drums. It really lifted my spirits and really just made me feel like dancing. The tune is infectious and sticks in your head for the whole day. This song represents everything that the album is.
3. We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monae):
The album’s lead single, another insanely catchy song. Monae’s voice adds an edge that I feel completes the song. By far the best single released by anyone this year, however I feel it’s a little overplayed and is starting to lose it’s magic.
4. Carry On:
The acoustic guitar really adds something to special to the song, and the electric guitar riff gives it a very Queen-esque vibe. The lyrics are lovely and this is one of my personal favourites on the record.
5. It Gets Better:
I really hope it does start to get better. This is album’s weakest track, with bland lyrics and an annoyingly ear piercing edit on Ruess’ voice. What is really annoying is that this track could have been amazing with a little more effort on the production side. The guitars are too low and the obvious and not necessary processing on Ruess’ voice destroys the song.
6. Why Am I The One:
Every album needs a ballad and this is it. It’s a really beautiful song, I especially like the little piano bridges and how the tempo changes. Again, the harmonies are amazing, and it’s another personal favourite. Also, the use of an orchestra and little snippets of live shows add to the song.
7. All Alone:
This song was co-written by two hip-hop producers and it’s very evident, but in a good way. The 80’s syth keyboard intro and outro is cute and gives the song a feel-good vibe. It’s a drastic change from the rest of the album, and overall a very strong track.
8. All Alright:
Probably the album’s strongest track and another one of my personal favourites. The crowd noises at the start of the song and throughout give it a special something. You can really hear the emotion flowing from Ruess in this song, and the lyrics are very relatable. I hope this song is a single, and if not, it is a must download.
9. One Foot:
I really like this song. The beat is very strong, and is supported with strong lyrics. The slow bridge is a contrast to rest of the song and the personal lyrics are very touching.
I like how this song flows from the previous song. The use of crowd sounds at the start is nice and the use of vocals from “Some Nights” is something I‘ve never heard done before. This song really shows off Ruess’ vocal abilities, and the lyrics are really cute! It has a really old-school vibe with a great riff and more harmonies, and I think it’s the perfect end to an album.
11. Out On The Town (Bonus Track):
I don’t know if this song appears on all versions of the album, but it’s on mine so I’ll review it. I actually adore this song! It has more of those We Are Young type moments, and the lyrics are so easy to relate to. It’s my favourite track off the record and I would say that it’s the best song on it. It’s definitely on repeat in my house!
Overall, this album was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting them to stick to a certain genre, but found that they tried a few other sounds on this record that worked out very well. It really only has one weak track and a lot of very strong ones. If you do have any spare cash, I would recommend you pick up a copy of this album, I have big predictions for this band’s future.
MUST DOWNLOAD: All Alright, Out On The Town, Some Nights