Some Nights

Some Nights

by Fun.Fun.


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2012
Label: Fueled By Ramen
UPC: 0075678826283
catalogNumber: 528048
Rank: 7867

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fun.   Primary Artist
Richard Bissell   French Horn
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Lucy Shaw   Double Bass
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Nate Ruess   Vocals
Jack Antonoff   Guitar
Jake One   Drums,Keyboards
Jenny Sacha   Violin
Jeff Bhasker   Synthesizer,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Trevor Mires   Trombone
Richard Ashton   French Horn
Tyler Johnson   Sampling
Emma Owens   Viola
Andrew Dost   Horn,Vocals
Rosie Danvers   Cello
Luigi Mazzocchi   Violin
Michelle Bishop   Violin
Eliza Cho   Violin
Emile Haynie   Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Thomas Kraines   Cello
Joi Starr   Background Vocals
Mark Frost   Trombone
Jane Oliver   Cello
Sally Jackson   Violin
Davis Barnett   Viola
Charles Parker   Violin
James Cooper   Cello
Jonathan Kim   Viola
Natalie Cavey   Viola
Stephanie Cavey   Violin
Chloe Vincent   Flute
Aude Cardona   Vocals
Will Noon   Drums
Vanessa Pasquarelli   Choir, Chorus
Sydney Goldstein   Choir, Chorus
Sophia Buten   Choir, Chorus
Sofia Garcia-Penâ   Choir, Chorus
Sofia Bagdade   Choir, Chorus
Pat Hartley   Trombone
Olivia Vreeland   Choir, Chorus
Olga Konoplesky   Violin
Nate Harold   Bass
Nara Cowing   Choir, Chorus
Kathleen Stepan-Jackson   Choir, Chorus
Joanna Pickett   Choir Director
Friends After Three Choir   Background Vocals
Elise Lichtman   Choir, Chorus
Miranda Wollen   Choir, Chorus
Lola Rockwell   Choir, Chorus
Denise Di Pasca   Choir, Chorus
Corinne Bailey   French Horn
Claire DiLorenzo   Choir, Chorus
Antonia Gialamas   Choir, Chorus
Anabela Caiola   Choir, Chorus
Alexandra Lilly   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
John Janick   Executive Producer
Pawel Sek   Engineer
Jake One   Producer
Jeff Bhasker   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,drum programming
Andrew Dost   Art Direction
Rosie Danvers   Orchestration
Noah Goldstein   Engineer
Fun.   Arranger,Composer
Emile Haynie   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
David J. Harrigan   Art Direction
Stuart White   Engineer
Nacho Alegre   Cover Photo
Jake Dutton   Composer
TommyD   Orchestra Production
Sonny Pinnar   Engineer
Pete Bischoff   Engineer

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