Tuesday, February 21, 2012

FUN. :"Some Nights"

Review by Preston McClusky

With all the angry screamo that's been all the rage the last few years, it's really nice to return to fun. Nate Ruess and his compatriots seem to be taking great pride in reminding us that music can be anthemic,theatrical, and well, for lack of a better word...fun. You would have to have been living under a rock somewhere to not have heard the lead single "We Are Young" storming the airwaves the last few months with its infectious sing-along chorus. It really harkens back to the great anthemic rock songs of the 70's from bands like Queen. In fact multiple-tracks on this album seem to owe more than a passing nod to the likes of Queen, Peter Gabriel, and similar theatrically-inclined rockers. Highlights of this album include not only the aforementioned single, but also "Some Nights" and "Carry On". The only track that really reads as awkward and out of place is "Stars", but otherwise this is a resoundingly good album. You really have to applaud the risk taken by producing something so gloriously bold and fun, yet full of so much integrity that it could never be termed a sellout move for popularity.

While frontman Nate Ruess enjoyed a modicum of success with his previous project, The Format, Some Nights  is poised to shoot he and his bandmates into the stratosphere of success. Not that many people get a chance for a second act as a rockstar and nobody deserves that shot more than Nate Ruess, so go buy this record.

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