<Review by: Pratyush Cavutur>
Fun is a band that is, well, fun to listen to. “Some Nights” is the band’s second album and is definitely more ambitious than their first album “Aim and Ignite”. The band comprises Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff.
Fun is considered an Indie-pop outfit, but in my opinion I would like to call it progressive pop. Key changes, tempo changes and supreme vocal harmonies (very Queen-esque) form the outlines for most songs on this album. Their single “We Are Young” (feat. Janelle Monáe) spread like an infectious virus all across the world (The cast of Glee used it, which made the song even more infamous). As you listen to this album, there are a few songs that you would want to play over and over again and then there are others that you’d want to skip (like “Stars” and “One Foot”).
Pop music is moving forward and Fun is living proof of that. Their melodies are catchy and exuberant, their compositions are odd yet well-structured, their lyrics are quirky and can make quite an impact, and as a band they coalesce to form a strong and tight unit. Unlike most other pop bands, you can hear a variety of musical elements in Fun’s songs. A pinch of alternative rock here and there, bits and pieces of progressive elements, a touch of hip-hop makes this album by Fun pure pleasure to listen to. This is by far the most compelling part of the songwriting of the band. These guys make sure that their songs aren’t monotonous. My personal favorite from this album would have to be “Some Nights” (the song). This song has a whim of fresh air injected with a lot of adrenalin.
I wouldn’t call this album phenomenal but it is good enough to grasp you and keep you entertained musically.
Watch their original hit sing “We Are Young”:
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