I was never hugely into Fun., however there was a lot of hype surrounding this release so I decided to give it a whirl. So let’s get into it.
After a very “Lion King” sounding intro song, we head into the title track “Some Nights”, which is not only my favorite song on the album, but one of the best of the year at this point. A very infectious chorus, great beat, etc. You can’t say enough about this track, it’s all superb. After that we head right into a song I would describe as the complete opposite. Most Annoying Song of 2012 goes to “We Are Young”. This track is everywhere… TV, commercials, radio — it has run it’s course. Time to pick a new single, guys. I’ve just never been a fan of songs with slow, dragging choruses. This got old fast.
Another song I absolutely love is the dancey “It Gets Better”. Autotune galore. I like the vocal effect more than most people do… I don’t care if someone doesn’t NEED it, it still adds something if done right. You will find autotune sporadically placed throughout the album, but it was never there just for the sake of it. If you’re familiar with the synth band Rediscover, this track reminds me of something they’d come up with.
Up next we hit a batch of songs that really don’t do much for me… until we get to “One Foot”, which has a definite hip hop influence. Crank it up and watch your speakers destroy stuff.
The album closer “Stars”, which clocks in at nearly 7 minutes, is another standout and perhaps the most “epic” song on the album. Just outstanding vocals on display.
This band seems HEAVILY influenced by Queen-style melodies and vocals. Sometimes with all the harmonizing going on, it feels like there’s a dozen guys in this band. It really gives the an entire album almost a theatrical or “play”-like atmosphere. And a lot of songs sound like they should be in a Disney film, but that’s just me. These aren’t necessarily negatives, but aspects of the record that people will like or not like, based off personal opinion. The record is very good and is worth checking out just to see the band exploring all different genres. It’s pretty obvious that Fun. was trying to bring in new fans with their sophomore record… and it’s going to work.
Watch the music video for the intro song on the album below: