Album review: fun. - 'Some Nights'
One particularly boring day, being really annoyed with the state of radio, I stumbled across a song called ‘We Are Young’ by a band called fun.. It was refreshing and, well, fun.
The New York-based group’s second album, including this infectious single gives me hope that cool music can once again be popular.
Some Nights is an album filled with classic bubblegum-pop melodies – catchy, head-bopping and foot-tapping with some kind of pseudo indie rock ‘n roll cheese that can be found on Glee. In fact, We Are Young was used on the TV musical.
It is largely radio-friendly, laced with some urban beats that sets it apart from the rest of the claptrap we hear on radio.
Among the easy-listening is title track, which is funny, sincere and strangely moving with lead singer Nate Russ belting out: Who the f**k wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun? It’s likable, dance-to-able and hopeful.
Laced with larger-than-life songs of youth like Carry On and Why Am I the One, frenzied harmonies like Out on the Town and pretty marching band sounds like All Alright, the album really is the international hymn of the apathetic youth who want to be different.
We Are Young is by far my favourite, a somewhat defiant, youthful party-esque anthem of optimism with the confident Tonight/ We are young/ So let's set the world on fire/ We can burn brighter than the sun.
It’s magical, yes. But I also feel that it’s lacking something.
With stupid-sounding songs like Stars, which uses unnecessary and silly Cher-like syth over Russ’ voice and the I-want-to-be-on-a-teen-movie-soundtrack It Gets Better, and very average songs like All Alone and One Foot, the album falls short of being awesome.
fun. has potential to be really good and I think if they follow the idea of youthful rebellion and couple it with simple sounds instead of trying to do too much, it could be epic.
Watch the video for Some Nights here: