Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Audio Slave: fun. Some Nights Album Review

I like music as much as the next fellow... I've never really understood this saying but I mean to say that I like music a great deal but my physical being isn't that way inclined. I have little to no rhythm, three left feet (and I'm not even left footed) and I can't sing my way out of a paper bag. I like listening to music though, a lottle. Music affects my soulstuff in a subtle manner that makes me smile. This review (or commentary mayhap?), thus, is based on how fun.'s Some Nights makes me feel, which ranges from squishy inside to tears.  Joining me is @NthAsia, whose wisdom in this matter exceeds mine and she's more qualified to make judgement. She'll be adding her voice to mine.

And. Here. We. Go!

"It's all fun. and gay 'til someone loses their rights."

I've never heard of these dudes before stumbling on their single, Some Nights. I was at gym when I heard the song and I knew that the more I hear it the more I'll love it - sort of like seeing someone for the first time and knowing that you'll share a portion of yourself with them in the near future. I downloaded the single and let it make itself at home on my phone and gradually got into it and one day on the bus it broke me when the song's tone changes about halfway through and Nate Reuss sings: 'My heart is breaking for my sister and the con that she call "love" / When I look into my nephew's eyes... / Man, you won't believe the most amazing things / That can come from some terrible lies'.

Some Nights turned out to be an odd sort of album for me... I like most of the songs on the album in general but I fully love half of songs like Some Nights, Carry On and Stars. Ruess starts off jokingly enough on serious or semi-serious matters and whilst you're bobbing your head, having a good time the song would transcend its jovial tone and break your heart: 'Well, some nights I rule the world with bar lights and pretty girls / But most nights I stay straight and think about my mom / Oh, God I miss her so much'. I'm still confuddled by such wizardry. It’s the sort of magic that makes you feel sorrow and makes you smile at the same time. I like how fun. blends emotions like sorrow and joy, it makes me feel like I can have a good time no matter how shitty my life gets.

I love all the songs on the album but the three that stand out for me are: Carry On, All Alright and Stars.

I’ve always been a big fan of acts from record label, Fueled by Ramen and fun.’s Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost and Nate Reuss are more than worthy to share space on my playlist with stable mates like Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, Paramore, Panic! At the Disco and Gym Class Heroes.

"...some nights I rule the world with bar lights and pretty girls..."

I discovered FUN with their first single from Some Nights: We Are Young. I thought it was bold and, dare I say, fun. Who thinks of “set[ting] the world on fire”? I knew I had to get the full album. I did. And just like how @b3an_Champ says, it gives a sense of sharing a portion of yourself with someone, it does. Except in this case, Nate uses his voice to share the band’s portions and stories with you. I am hoping it is not just his stories he is telling, being the lead singer and all. Because, as much as the album sounds very connected, it’s also a lot for just one person to have gone through. Nate’s unique and somewhat raspy voice captures me in a way a sad story always has hope in it. Like how your heart will choose to love a drug addict. You are overwhelmed and hurt constantly by the need to save them, and are aware of the need to walk away, but the love pulls you in. Like honey and a swarm of stinging bees. I hope this makes sense to you somehow. This album is beautiful. People have called FUN the Queen of our time. I am not old enough to know much about Queen except the popular songs like I Want to Break Free and We Are the Champions. I cannot fully grasp what their sound was. But I do know FUN does make you travel back in time and into a space where your soul is fondled with great sadness. One of the few albums where I do not skip a single track, Some Nights will make some of your nights.

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