fun. - Some Nights

One of my favorite albums of 2009 was Aim & Ignite by a band called fun. In an indie music scene filled with mopey mumblers, it was a bright burst of color, “symphonic, gleefully over-the-top power pop” as I called it. It was a bit Queen, a bit Elton John, a bit camp … oh, let’s just say it: it was super duper gay. In a good way!

I often thought fun.’s music would be well-suited to the show Glee — and sure enough, last December, the show featured one of their songs, from the then-unreleased sophomore effort. That made them a big hit with the younger set and raised enormous hopes for the album.

It’s out now: Some Nights, produced by Jeff Bhasker, who’s worked with Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Alicia Keys. They’ve gotten more ambitious even as they obviously grasp for mainstream success. The songs mix pop, rock, hip-hop, soul, and sheer melodrama into one soaring anthem after another. It’s just outrageously entertaining.

This is the song that made them famous, “We Are Young.”

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Bonus video!

Here are those crazy Glee kids doing the song:

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