In 2009, they released ‘Aim and Ignite’, which did not create much space in the world music map. But this February 21, 2012, the alternate rock/ indie pop trio: ‘Fun’ is back with their second album: ’Some Nights’. It has their hit single, ‘We are young ft Janelle Monae’ which they released last year and boy! What a hit it was? The song helped the group immensely to reach out to more people. The album was released under the label ‘Fuelled by Ramen’ and has 10 songs spanning over 45 minutes and 55 seconds.
|Some nights (Intro)|
|We are young ( feat Janelle Monae)|
|It gets better|
|Why am I the one?|
1. Some nights (Intro)
This is the first track and the music and style employed is definitely not the first of its kind. With samples from what sounds like horror movies and the heavy inspiration from Queens, the track is pretty cool to listen. Also, the lyrics are pretty amusing.
2. Some nights
This 4 minutes and 37 seconds track reminded me a lot of the Disney movie, Lion King’s soundtrack.
The beats to the song is very uplifting and the music is fun and danceable! It’s one of those songs which makes you want to shout and sing along. The lyrics are nice and my favourite being, “Why don’t we break the rules, already?’’ This is a must listen track!
3. We are Young ft Janelle Monae
This third track needs no introduction. This is the second alternative song after Coldplay’s Viva la Vida to top Billboard Hot 100. It remained at the top for six weeks! This is the single they released in later part of 2011 and the song immediately caught up. The music is fun and makes you (again!) want to dance and sing along. The lyrics are average but the music and the vocals make up for everything. You should definitely check out this song, if you haven’t already!
4. Carry on
‘But I think I can cheat it all, to make for the time I’ve been cheated on’ is my favourite line from this fourth track. The song is average overall but it may surprise you at few parts through the music and lyrics. This is a ‘one time listen’ track for me; tell me what you think of it?
5. It gets better
This is the fifth track and the trio has used auto tune profusely in this one. The theme of the lyrics is about losing virginity. The lyrics are average and you may find the auto tune and the music pretty annoying. The song for me wasn’t getting better. Listen to the track and let me know what you feel!
6. Why am I the one?
Are not there those songs which sound beautiful only because of the moment you are in? I feel this sixth track is one of them. The music is nice and the lyrics are good too! The chorus may linger for a long time. A good listen! Check it out!
7. All alone
This seventh number has melancholic lyrics but somehow the music doesn’t really convey it. The song is average musically. I like the chorus and the way the vocalist Nate Ruess is executing the song. The lyrics are fine too! I was not affected by this song much. Are you?
8. All alright
‘And it’s all alright, I guess it’s all alright, I got nothing left inside of my chest but it’s all alright’. I like this song! The lyrics are melancholic but the music is very hip. I feel like putting my hands up and sing the song along. But that’s just me! Otherwise, the lyrics are average and the music is fine too. It’s worth giving a try!
9. One foot
You may or may not like this song but you have to admit that it is an interesting composition. The music and the lyrics are otherwise average and may not impress you much.
Is this the perfect ending song? Maybe. Maybe not. This is the first song where I thought the lyrics are interesting. The music is fine but may not haunt you or affect you much. The auto tune used sort of marred the spirit with which the song started. Would I go back to this song? No.
Verdict: By the end of it you will be certain of two things. One, Fun is a Queens fan (Am I complaining? Ha! No) Second, they experiment, A lot. It is something you should give them credit for. Moreover, are you an indie kid? Chances are that you will like this album. The amusing thing about this trio is that even though the lyrics are a little melancholic, the music contradicts that completely and they will give you perfect songs to shout and sing along with your friends. The album will sound pretty dead as you come half way down and you might lose your interest unless you are a hardcore Fun fan. The vocalist Nate Ruess is brilliant. The throw in his voice is amazing and gives a character to the songs he does. This is a “Fun” band. Check them out!
This album was reviewed by Tania Paul