Fun’s sophomore effort falls short
Carl Bachus | Collegio Writer
Indie music can be weird sometimes and there’s no better example of that than the new release “Some Nights,” by the group Fun. The group has attracted an entirely new fan base with the popularity of its single “We Are Young.” Sadly, none of the album’s other offerings adds the same amount of flair. “Some Nights” is plagued with inconsistencies. Though it offers a decent collection of material, the album feels chunky and disorganized.
If there were one word to describe “Nights,” it would most likely be disconnected or incongruous. I’m not saying the songs aren’t good in their own right, but it just doesn’t flow as an album. The songs shouldn’t sound the same, but there should be some sort of progression that leads to a wrap-up of the album. But “Some Nights” is all over the place, which is odd because Fun.’s previous album, “Aim and Ignite,” had a constant progression1. The new album sounds like a greatest hits album for songs you’ve never heard before. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it is when there is little to no progression.
The album shares a strong likeness with “4” by pop singer Beyoncé Knowles, and “Some Nights” shares the same producer, Jeff Bhasker, as Knowles’ album. Tracks like “We Are Young” and “All Alright” bear a resemblance to Knowles’ tracks, “Rather Die Young” and recent hit “Party.” The difference is in the background. Even though the tracks in “4” differ wildly, they all represented a different facet of her career. Conversely, “Some Nights” has only one song reminiscent of its predecessor while the rest sound like they are from different bands.
Stripped down, however, a good portion of the songs work very well on their own. The meat of the album mostly appears on the front end, like the two title songs and the dulcet, icy track, “Why Am I the One.” “Some Nights” offers a few gems but it never lives up to the “bring it – I’m young,” drums-of-war feeling that gives “We Are Young” its staying power.
The rest of Fun.’s sophomore effort falls into the same, generic, indie-pop-rock sound that has come to define labels like Fueled by Ramen as a caricature of the genre. It’ll be a big deal for the hipsters until some newer band comes along to usurp the same sound, a curse that has befallen once-decent acts like Paramore and Panic! At the Disco. Overall, I’d say “So long fun., we hardly knew you,” but really, we didn’t know you at all.