Some Nights (2012)
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Audio Mixer: Rich Costey.|
|Recording information: Dawson's Studio; Electric Lady Studios; Emile's Studio; Enormous Studios; Jungle City; Livingston Studios, London.|
|Photographer: Lindsey Byrnes.|
|Fun.'s debut album Aim and Ignite was an interesting blend of seemingly divergent styles topped by a healthy dose of grandiose ambition and performed with a precise abandon. The trio made an album that was truly progressive and also super catchy and fun. The follow-up, Some Nights, ramps up the ambition and sonic bombast, but also manages to be even more powerful and impressive. While writing and planning the album, singer Nate Ruess, guitarist Jack Antonoff, and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost were heavily influenced by both the sound and scope of Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and made every attempt to achieve something similar, even to the point of hiring that album's co-producer Jeff Bhasker to produce and craft beats for them. (Also Emile Haynie, who has worked with Eminem among others) Though the album has more of a hip-hop influence than Aim and Ignite did, there are still large doses of Queen and ELO coursing through the band's blood, both in the machine-crafted vocal harmonies and the ornate bigness of the sound. The album is overloaded with strings and horns, backing vocals, keyboards, and programmed drums surrounding Ruess like a clamoring crowd, but never drowning out his innately sincere vocals and painfully honest lyrics. He has the kind of voice that could cut through any amount of noise, not by using volume but honesty. Even when he's fed through Auto-Tune, you know he's telling you the truth all the time. On songs like the lead single "We Are Young" or the rollicking "All Alone," he provides a very human core that grounds things even as the music builds to ornate crescendos. Indeed, the album is really, really big sounding and could easily have ended up collapsing under its own weight and pretension, but the opposite happens and Some Nights takes flight instead. The songs are both anthemic and human-sized, the heartfelt words and naked emotions are never buried, and the music is uplifting, not overpowering. The trio has crafted a record that measures up to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy musically and delivers enough emotional charge to power a small town for a month. It's an impressive achievement and Fun. deserves every bit of acclaim that comes its way because of it. ~ Tim Sendra|
|2013 Grammy Nominees|
|Release Date : 05/21/2012|
|Original Release Date : 2012|
|Catalog ID : 7567882628|
|Label : Fueled by Ramen Records|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00075678826283|
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[The] music bends classic bubble-pop tunefulness with rococo rock & roll -- close harmony chorales, showy key changes, a dash of Queen here, a dollop of LES MIZ there."
- "[The first half] doubles down on the Queen-esque indie pomp the band toyed with on their 2009 debut."
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "SOME NIGHTS feels like it was built inside a computer, from the massive hip-hop beats which back much of the album to the at-times unbearable vocoder effect on Ruess' vocals."
- "'We Are Young' is a compellingly complex quirk-rock anthem that sounds quite unlike anything else in the charts in 2012..."
BioFun. began in 2008 when Nate Ruess teamed up with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff to meld an array of diverse inspirations into their own irresistible and freewheeling pop song-craft. The band drew immediate attention for their contemporary rethinking of classic 70s pop, where ornate arrangements and inspired orchestrations meet present-day rock 'n' roll. Fit to burst with richly prolix lyricism and intricate melodic twists and turns, Aim and Ignite earned copious critical praise. The band built upon this formula for Some Nights, working with producer Jeff Bhasker to evolve their sound by marrying their robust melodies with elements of hip-hop.
I bought this because I really like We Are Young, and thought if I enjoyed that song so much I would certainly enjoy more of theirs. I love the sound of their voices and music. I couldn't help but think of Queen as I listened, and I'm a huge fan of Queen. I'm not saying they are trying to be Queen, but you can hear the influence. Love, love, love this disc.