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It's an impressive achievement! Sincere vocals and painfully honest lyrics.,
This review is from: Some Nights (Audio CD)
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. T. Sendra
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Aim & Ignite
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Initial post: 23 Apr 2012 08:39:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Apr 2012 11:33:37 BDT
Philip J. Marshall says:
"Even when he's fed through Auto-Tune, you know he's telling you the truth all the time."
What the heck is that supposed to mean? You sound like you've examined the music rather than listened to it & enjoyed it. I agree the album is amazing but I don't think your very pretentious review conveys anything other than an attempt to sound clever. Keep it simple mate, you're not working for NME.
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