Fun.: Some Nights

Though I’ve gotten better at keeping up with the music game nowadays, there are still some things that slip by my radar. If you ever want to drop me some suggestions, my email and my Twitter links are on my Contact page and you can always leave me a comment on one of the posts. Never hesitate to let me know if there’s a band/album you’d like me to review! Three friends have recently recommended the album we’re going to talk about today, so I figured since it was coming from three trusted sources, I better get on it. We’re going to have a listen to Fun.‘s new album Some Nights.

The opening track is something that’s going to pull new listeners in. I don’t know much at all about this band and have only heard one other song (the single that’s out from this album), but the title track and opener to the album is interesting, kind of crazy and a little reminiscent of iconic musicians like Queen and David Bowie.

We Are Young is the song that I know I’ve heard around from various sources, including a commercial if I’m not mistaken. It’s an unsuspectingly beautiful song that feels dense and carefree at the same time.

Why Am I The One is a slower song that really allows Nate Ruess’ voice to be in the spotlight. His voice is in a unique field that’s hard for me to really describe. It’s not that his voice has a high pitch to it, but something about it feels softer than a lot of vocals I’ve heard.

All Alone is probably my favorite off the album. The guitars and drums carry this song right along in a cheery nature. The lyrics also grabbed my interest instantly: I fell in love with a wind-up souvenir. I bought it downtown as I was on my way to meet you. She sounds like the songs you used to sing to put me to sleep. Now that you’re gone, she’s all that I’ve left to hold.

One Foot almost feels to me that it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the album. It’s almost annoying in the chorus, both lyrically and musically.

The album wraps up with Stars, a song that gets the band back on track just in time before the album is over (besides bonus tracks). There’s more electronic influence in this track than a few of the others, but with the other instruments that are mixed in, it doesn’t feel forced or out of place. Though it’s the longest track on the album, it’s one of their most successful.

 

Key Tracks
All Alone (track 7)
We Are Young (Track 3)
Stars (track 10)

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4 thoughts on “Fun.: Some Nights

  1. Fin says:

    Fun. gives off a very Electric Light Orchestra kind of vibe, always a good thing. I’ve been listening to this album on Spotify, and it’s got some really great tracks on it! I’ll probably buy the record eventually, but not until it goes down in price a bit (even I won’t pay $30 for an album haha).

    On a sidenote, keep your eyes on the Danger-Mouse produced band Electric Guest, putting their debut album out soon, as well as the rising Icelandic folk band Of Monsters and Men (their single “Little Talks” is excellent). something tells me that these two bands are going to be relatively big in the indie / alternative realm.

    Fin!

    • This was the first I had heard of the band and was pleasantly surprised. What are your favorite tracks on the album?

      I’ll be sure to look those bands up. Thanks for the suggestion!
      Another great band was in my last post – Marianas Trench. If you haven’t heard them, you gotta Spotify them right now. I’ve barely been listening to anything else.

      • Fin says:

        My favorite tracks off the new album are probably “Some Nights (Intro and actual)”, “Carry On”, “We Are Young”, and “Stars”. The only song I’ve heard from their debut is “All the Pretty Girls”, but it’s a great track, extremely heavy on the Electric Light Orchestra influence.

        I’ll be sure to check Marianas Trench out on Spotify! And as for Electric Guest, if you’ve ever heard Broken Bells, the musical style is very similar. I’m sorry, I always get really excited when someone else shares my taste in music haha

        Fin!

      • Some Nights was such a good opener to the album. And I absolutely adore We Are Young. It’s beautiful in the weirdest way.

        I listened to Electric Guest and I really like what they have going on. I have heard Broken Bells and you’re right about that one.

        No need to apologize at all! I love suggestions and I love talking about music – especially when someone has similar taste. Keep sending them my way if you have some more

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