Below is an review by Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone magazine. W.H.I.P. currently has “We Are Young” in its music library. Check out what this author has to say about fun.’s new album!
By Jody Rosen
Nate Ruess, lead singer of the NYC indie-pop trio fun., might be the Platonic ideal of a 21st-century rock star. He has a huge voice, all snarl and Broadway panache; at his full-fathom best, he could send Adam Lambert scrambling for cover. His music blends classic bubble-pop tunefulness with rococo rock & roll – close harmony chorales, showy key changes, a dash of Queen here, a dollop of Les Miz there. In “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monáe), and 10 other rollickingly catchy songs, Ruess’ knack for the anthemic is matched by Gen-Y humor – emo self-deprecation that leavens the bombast. “Some nights I rule the world/With bar lights and pretty girls,” he sings. “But most nights I stay straight and think about my mom.”
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