Brian pointed out to me that Fun. lip-synced (backing vocals) and used auto-tuning throughout the performance on SNL last night, and I just can’t figure out why. Nate Ruess has been an exciting singer to listen to. In my opinion, he is modern day Power-Pop version of Freddy Mercury. And as unappealing as that may sound to some, it’s quite a complement as nobody has ever come close to providing that level of vocal talent.
But last night on SNL, he DID perform with a most distracting auto-tune throughout the performance. The excruciating part can be heard around 3:21 of the video, just shortly before he hits an obnoxious off-key high note at 3:07. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying he sucks. I think he’s great. I’m just surprised. I’ve been lead to believe that he is better than that. I don’t want to admire a manufactured talent. I’ve seen some pretty incredible videos on youtube, so why should the music industry even need to chase down a band or performer that doesn’t have “the real thing?”
Maybe it was just an off day. Maybe he had laryngitis. I really was turning on to his talent, until last night. I hope next time will not be a let-down. Take it all the way, Nate!
I’m glad it’s a Sunday. I can watch football and not have to think about this so much.