Fun.: Some Nights

Indie pop band Fun. have really found themselves on their sophomore album, Some Nights. The band are very well known now for having their anthemic “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” single invade the airwaves as well as being featured in Glee and a Chrysler commercial. I found this album to be weird in the sense that almost every song is completely different and the album as a whole is very different from their debut, Aim and Ignite.

One of the coolest things about this album is that they hired hip hop producer Jeff Bhasker (famous for producing Kanye West) to produce the album with them because the band claim that they’ve been really influenced by hip hop music for this album. When you listen to this genre-mashing blend of well crafted melodies and beautiful imagery, you wouldn’t really expect a hip hop producer to be able to help put the pieces together into the brilliant piece of work that Some Nights is. But at the same time, I don’t think anyone else would have been able to make this album better than it already is.

The problem though is that I think they went a little more poppy for this album as opposed to their debut and just because they have “We are Young”, I don’t think people will get the rest of the songs that this band have created both on this album and the previous album. Let’s be honest, the majority of people who buy music just download the singles they hear on the radio and probably wouldn’t get into the older material from this band. I’m afraid that this band might start to care less about their albums as a whole and focus on their singles. I always fear that no matter what, but after listening to this album, I thought that “We are Young” was too different from the rest of the record. It sounded like exactly what the label /producer would want them to play in order for them to get radio play, without selling out their sound. Don’t get me wrong, I love the song and the album, but i don’t rule out the possibilities.

That’s really the only negative I have about the album though. I think it’s brilliant. Singer Nate Ruess displays his vocal prowess on songs like “Some Nights (Intro)” and the song “Some Nights” itself. He does do a few vocoder vocals on a few occasions, which kinda bugs me because his voice is so good and I don’t think it really adds a whole lot to the song. The album has a huge theatrical surrounding it, but also laced with huge hip hop beats on some songs and wrapped together with the extremely intelligent and well thought out lyrics and melodies. The remind me of ELO mixed with Queen mixed with Panic! at the Disco.

I always encourage bands to reinvent the wheel and change up their songs after a certain period of time, but fun. is a band that will probably change themselves completely for every album and I applaud them for that. This album will definitely be in my top 20 albums of 2012, which is great. We’ve just barely gotten into March and 2012 has given us some really fantastic records. Cant’ wait for whats next.

Luke Helker

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