Fun. – Some Nights
By: Paul Morris
Some Nights is the sophomore album of the band Fun. It seems to be organized like a weekend of revelry that this Blog’s readers might be familiar with. “Some Nights,” the album’s title track, is the true beginning of the festivities, after a very Queen-inspired intro. This second song feels pulled straight from 80’s pop, filled with breakdowns that sound tribal with a touch of a Genesis influence, and massive and catchy choruses that are the bands calling card. In “We Are Young,” our narrator is feeling the spirit of the revelry, pulsing with the invincibility of youth and a sense of community with his surroundings.
To continue our journey into a weekend of partying, we wake up the next morning to the dreaded hangover. On “Why Am I The One,” there is a good deal of pessimism and fear of wasting one’s life that everyone has felt as the lights get too bright and the world too loud. Next, our narrator reminds us that in those moments when are body hates us, we often feel “All Alone,” a song where materialism is being used to fill the gap of a lost lover, with Gwen Stefani percussive lyrics and guitar tone from the Guitar Hero generation. “All Alright,” then spots the narrator struggling to cling to an ounce of optimism. The next song, “One Foot,” on the other hand, has us rested and ready to go at it once more. A marching drum beat and irresistible chorus makes it easy to be seen as a made-for-radio hit. The actual final song, “Out On The Town,” though labeled a bonus track, is a fitting closing note, where the end of a Saturday night has our partyer reflecting on the past but looking promisingly to the future in a 90’s song meets new millennium synthesizer mash up. What I missed from this record is Aim & Ignites’ optimism and sincerity. There was a message on this album, but Some Nights seems to be a self-centered look into the narrator’s insecurity. While the songs are fun and a good listen, I find myself missing a good Fun lesson.
Album Rating: 7.0/10
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