Despite super-group status and monumental pressures to live up to their prior reputations from previous bands, the men in Fun. are doing just fine. With 2009’s release of their hit record, Aim and Ignite, they have become a household name, with success in almost every media aspect. They have accomplished much in a short span of three years as musicians with many skills, instead of “that one dude from that one band”.
With considerable amounts of things completed already, a solid fan base awaits in anticipation for Some Nights, their latest creation, to drop this February. The band wasted no time with announcing album details and tour declarations, and has taken to releasing teaser songs and music videos to pump up the public. “We Are Young” and “One Foot,” the first two singles, were met with high hopes, and left fans ready for more.
Fun. met such demands and have recently released “Carry On”, their latest single from Some Nights. As a huge fan of the trio, I eagerly waited for the audio to load with no idea what to expect. The past two singles had been so different from previous Fun. material that anyone’s guess as to what this song could contain was as good as mine.
However, I was dazed into a pleasant surprise. Instead of some weird mixture of distorted instruments or a lame ballad praising some mysterious woman, this song contained nothing but passion. The beginning piano melody is enough to melt anyone’s heart, while threatening some tears. Of course, the tune eventually picks up, adding a strong guitar line complemented by piano, while the climax dominates with powerful guitar riffs tying the song to a larger meaning.
If the melody hasn’t swayed the listener’s ears, the lyrics certainly will. Beautifully uplifting, the lyrics could install a sense of hope in anyone. In order to accomplish this goal, however, Nate Ruess, lead singer, includes oddly personal experiences. Verbal mistreatment and lonely nights are many, but his positivity shines though the debauched mess and introduces aspects of the good things in life. The lyrics, “If you’re lost and alone/no you’re sinking like a stone/carry on,” offer advice on different perspectives with such gloomy subjects, like hopelessness. The lyrics soften the sadness initially introduced and allow room for joy as the progression becomes more encouraging and embracing.
I can’t emphasize my love for Fun. enough, but can only provide proof of their greatness, including this song. Not only are they uplifting and forceful, but give anyone the chance to dig their music. Never disappointing, this song is definitely one for the books. Background noise or full rock out session, this demands multiple plays accompanied by enjoyment. I can only see good things for this band; cheers to them!