Whew, it’s been a hard week.
Most of my music reviews on OA have been about upbeat, energizing music, which has definitely fit my moods lately. This week though, I still wanted a vibrant playlist, but I shifted to a more bold, doleful sound. And while Fun. doesn’t sound like a matching artist name for that theme, their newest album Some Nights was perfect.
I’ve always been a big fan of Fun.; their first album has been rocked out to on the slopes, in the car, on a horse even. It didn’t take me too long to branch out after Some Nights was released and see if it’d match up to their former glory. I have to be honest, it took me a while to pick out my favorites and find their groove, but now this album holds some of my favorite songs at the moment. Three of them are in my top thirties playlist right now, which is kind of a record.
Why I’m listening to it.
In this album, Fun. takes on a different sound and definitely rocks the boat. It’s way more electronic, odd, and honestly, they lose a lot of what makes their first album great. A lot of fans of the first album had some trouble seeing around these attributes and I did too for a little while. The more I listened though, I realized that their new sound, while different, is just as amazing and has it’s own essence that makes it great.
It’s melancholy, it’s raw, it’s harsh, it’s lonely, the lyrics will make you think and connect it to your life. The words are written so vulnerably, it’ll leave you the same way. Especially with my favorite songs, I have never gotten so lost and into an album as this one. The beats and rhythm in each song are strong and fun, so even through your first listen, you’ll be tapping your toes and smiling. While you listen harder, you’ll then be submerged in their words and fall in love even further.
As mentioned above, I have three of these songs stashed in my top thirty. Each touches me in a different way and I cannot help but belt them out whenever I get the chance. Some Nights, the song, is amazing. It took me a while to fully listen to the lyrics, but one night, I suddenly took the time and figured it out. This is dramatic, but they were truly life changing. Why Am I the One was the latest hit I discovered on this CD and it’s beat and lyrics will have you humming along in no time. Everyone knows We Are Young and even though I know it’s their way of getting on the radio and selling out in some sense, all I can say is that I love it anyway. All Alone is the most different sound of my favorites but is still worth a listen for sure. Out On the Town (Bonus Track) is my favorite on this album and I have never heard a more beautiful and wonderful bridge than the one created for this song.
I am being short in all these descriptions because I cannot do this album justice with my own words. Take some time, and experience this album.