Fueled by Ramen
With the recent success of their catchy single, “We Are Young,” pop/alternative band, fun., released their second album, Some Nights.
Lead singer Nate Ruess’ (former lead singer of the band The Format) voice can take quite a bit of getting used to at first, but it’s not entirely unpleasant. The album begins with a slightly creepy introduction, “Some Nights (Intro)” that sounds like something out of a dramatic stage musical.
The track that follows, “Some Nights,” is definitely catchy, if not a tad cheesy with its electronic sound. That and the second track, “We Are Young,” which features R&B singer Janelle Monáe, are the best of the album with their infectious rhythms and catchy lyrics.
After that the album is a bore. Each song seems to blend into the other with no real distinction between them. Each track sounds heavily auto-tuned with too many electronic beats and no clear melody.
“Stars,” in particular, is a bit of an atrocity. Ruess’ voice sounds like a robot in need of an oil change because of the heavy auto-tune. The song changes halfway through with a beat that is hard to follow and an out of place guitar solo happening towards the end of the track.
The overall sound of the album, however, is undoubtedly unique to what is typically heard on the radio today. Each track almost borderlines on a dramatic, theatrical sound, but as original as it may be, none of the tracks besides “We Are Young” particularly stand out as being memorable.
The electronic and auto-tune sound is growing in popularity so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are sure to be at least some people, particularly fans of Ruess’ former band, The Format, that will find something in it that keeps their attention.