Fun. becomes just that with new album
Fun. is back with a brand new 2012 release album, Some Nights. Their first album, Aim & Ignite, was released in 2009 with a burst of bright piano rock songs about pretty girls and roman candles. Although there was a long break between these two albums, the lead singer, Nate Ruess, voice could still be found in a different place— old albums by The Format, who haven't been together since 2008. After the breakup of The Format, Ruess created a band with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff, and Fun. was born.
Aim & Ignite depicts the band's sound as it has been since they first created themselves, but now they are slowly being known as the artists of Some Nights, which has a completely different sound. The new album focuses much more on techno sounds and mechanical alterations to songs, whereas Aim & Ignite focused more on the clear voice of Nate Ruess and orchestra- sounding scores, combining violin, guitar, and piano to create songs like “Be Calm,” “All The Pretty Girls,” and “The Gambler.” Other songs have a more rock-n-roll feel to them, such as “Take Your Time (Coming Home)” and “Walking The Dog,” but no matter the style, there is most always an emphasis placed on Nate Ruess' voice. In the first album, he had solos with little to no instrument background in a majority of the tracks.
The early release of the music video and MP3 for “We Are Young” set the stage of anticipation of the album Some Nights' release. Some Nights has a very agreeable sound, especially for the current generation that's big on bands like Passion Pit and MGMT. Technical alterations mask the voices of the artists somewhat, especially in the beginning of “Some Nights” and all throughout “Stars,” giving Some Nights a fresh, new sound for Fun. While it is quite a change from the traditional, unique sound of Aim & Ignite, there is one thing that will hopefully never change with Fun. -- their poetic lyrics. Be sure to check out the album Some Nights and, if you haven't yet, go back and uncover Aim & Ignite, which is a sure treasure of the past.