One thing is for certain: people are talking about Fun. The New York pop group are making unexpected waves in all corners of the world. Not all of it is positive, however. A recent review of their new album referred to the group as "edgy radio Disney." While that's not really too far from the mark, it's an unfair generalization. Disney has never been this much of a good time.
"Some Nights" opens with an extended intro, then the title track. It's a one-two Queen-style punch, filtered through a Graceland-era Paul Simon prism. Sure, it's got a "Lion King" vibe, but Simba wouldn't dare be a part of any song with lyrics like "This one is not for the folks at home/Sorry to leave, mom, I had to go/Who the fuck wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun?"
There aren't many surprises on "Some Nights", but there aren't any eye-rolling, wince-worthy moments either. The whole record feels like a comfortable t-shirt with a silly, outdated slogan on it. You can wear it to bed, but don't be caught dead wearing it in the club.
"We Are Young” is the breakout hit, and rightfully so. It's the sort of summer anthem that starts its climb in February. Janelle Monae lends a hand throughout, and it's positively glorious feel-good pop. It's almost impossible to imagine the song performed without her, a fact that is not lost on the band.
"We just got off tour with her," lead singer Nate Ruess said. "We were on tour with her, and we're playing a couple of shows in NY and LA. I'm not sure if she's going to be in town when we're in town. We'll cross our fingers. When we were on tour with her, she came out on the last night and sang with us."