Not many albums make it to release day, or even the day they’re put up for streaming, without leaking. But with very few advance copies sent out, fun.’s new album, Some Nights, actually made it to stream day on the band’s website without being leaked. With the new album streaming on OurNameIsFun.com, fans were all able to experience hearing the songs at the same time.
Not letting fans down, the “Some Nights Intro” starts the album off in a big way and has lines and melodies that sound reminiscent of Queen. The title track is another huge song that showcases lead singer Nate Ruess’ powerful vocals, and you can feel the emotion as he sings, “This is it boys, this is war. What are we waiting for?” You can’t help but want to sing along with the catchy lyrics.
“We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae, has been a huge hit for fun. already. The song was featured on a Chevy commercial that premiered during the Super Bowl and it skyrocketed the single to #1 on the iTunes charts within a few days.
Following “We Are Young” is “Carry On,” a song that sounds like it could have easily fit on the band’s debut album, Aim and Ignite. As their names suggest, “Carry On” and “It Gets Better” are both anthems about how things get better, even when you’re stuck in a difficult situation.
I think “One Foot” could be another huge song for the band. The beat and tempo of the song are both upbeat, as Ruess sings, “I put one foot in front of the other one. I don’t need a new love or a new life, just a better place to die,” over perfectly placed oh, oh oh oh’s.
At over 6 minutes long, “Stars” is my only complaint about the album. It isn’t as powerful a song as “Take Your Time (Coming Home)” from fun.’s debut, Aim and Ignite, but it is still a good closer. I absolutely love the lyrics, “Well some nights I rule the world, with barlights and pretty girls,” that include references to songs from Aim and Ignite. Unfortunately, the vocal effects toward the end of the song are too overdone for my liking. Effects are used in small doses in other songs on Some Nights, but it’s a little too much in “Stars.”
Every song on the album is catchy and has a unique feel. Some Nights is really not like anything I’ve heard before, and that’s definitely refreshing. If you haven’t heard of fun. yet, now is the time to get listening and see what you’ve been missing out on.
While fans are bound to compare Some Nights with Aim and Ignite, I think that both albums showcase just how talented the band really is. Without a doubt, Some Nights is an excellent follow-up album and I’m sure it will be one of the favorites of the year for many people.