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Very fun to start...but not fun for long enough
Some Nights - Fun.
Member Name: iamasadlittleboy
Some Nights - Fun.
Advantages: 3 great tracks, catchy in places, "Fun"
Disadvantages: The album goes down hill quickly and never really recovers, AWFUL album arrangement!
After recently being forced to watch an episode of X Factor I recently saw a band called "Fun" on there. Sadly I'm so far from being "down with the kids" that I'd never previously heard of the band and thought they sounded like they were rather fun (excuse the pun). With this in mind I decided to give their break out album "Some Nights" a listen on Spotify.
For those who are "uncool" as myself, Fun are a 3-piece American alternative rock band. Their members are Nate Ruess (lead vocals), Andrew Dost (keyboard, piano and various other instruments) and Jack Antonoff (guitar, drums and various other instruments). The band were formed in 2008 and released their debut album "Aim and Ignite" in 2009 (which reached #71 on the US Billboard 200).
In 2011 the group then recorded their second album "Some Nights" which was released in early 2012 to both critical and commercial success, peaking at #3 on the US Billboard 200 and #7 on the UK Album Charts. The big question then is, what do I actually think of it? I'll admit I actually enjoyed the track they played on X Factor (it seems to have been the one highlight of the show) however would their album be up to the same standards?
The album opens with "Some Nights" (Intro) a track that is lead off with an almost musical feel, combining not only Ruess on lyrics, but also an operatic backing voice as well as some wonderful piano accompaniment. The track would have sounded out of place on a Queen album and was really not what I expected this album to start with, however it's a brilliantly clever opening and well worth a listen to. It's then followed up by "Some Nights" another excellent track which sounds much more like the alternative catchy rock that we'd expect from the band. The track is bold, very catchy and will almost certainly have you singing along from the first time you listen to it. Unsurprisingly "Some Nights" was released as the album's second single and has gone on to massive success in both the US and the UK. In all honesty it's almost certainly the albums highlight.
The albums third track "We Are Young" is arguably the bands most famous song (and also the one they played on X Factor) and was the first track from the album to be released as a single. As well as the bands 3 members it also features American musician Janelle MonŠe and like "Some Nights" the track is hugely catchy and combines radio friendly catchiness with some clever and interesting lyrics (especially early in the song). In all honesty whilst I prefer "Some Nights", this is the track that will be the albums long standing anthem and the success of the track has seen it reaching #1 in a number of countries (perhaps thanks in part to the TV show "Glee" who covered it).
Sadly the album seems to peak with in the first 3 tracks and the fourth track "Carry On" seems to be a big drop off from the opening 3 tracks. That's not to say it's not a good track but the high tempo, catchy "Fun" sound seems to suddenly vanish as the band almost seem to take themselves a bit too seriously as musicians. Sadly however things never really recover from this point and the album, that genuinely started so very brightly starts to sort of fade away in to what feels like a bit of average filler music.
Don't get me wrong tracks like "It Gets Better" and "Why Am I The One" are decent tracks in their own right but sadly they feel really poor when you look at how the album started and you start to feel a bit disappointed in just how big the drop off is in quality. I think this is sort of evidence that track placing really matters in an album and putting the best songs at the beginning is actually a bad idea as fans will only listen to a few of those songs. Putting good songs through out an album gives an impression of a ups and downs rather than starting at the top and slowly sliding down.
Despite feeling disappointed with around 70% of the album I can't help but feel I'd have really enjoyed it had they re-arranged the track order and with this in mind I need to concede that I'm probably being overly harsh in my views. It's worth a listen through that's for sure, though I imagine you'll just rip the first few tracks off the album and put them on your iPod/MP3 player whilst leaving much of the album to just sit by it's self.
Summary: Put this one "Random" play and you'll enjoy it ALOT more than you will listening to it in order.