FUN. know ALL too well that THE PRETTY GIRLS are often less-so without BARLIGHTS

fun aim Ignite

i just hate the band ’cause they remind me of you

♫ fun. – All The Pretty Girls

Anyone who has ever read Pitchfork knows that haters are no fun (except when they are), but the truth is that even a sunshine-blinded optimists like myself struggles with hateration. It’s this struggle that has taken me so damn long to post about the charming, silly, upbeat, and pretty darn good debut album by fun. (yes, lowercase and yes, with the period). fun. front-man Nate Ruess was one half of The Format, a mid-00’s power duo with 2 fantastic LPs and a legion of fans who were bummed to hear that they broke up in early 2008. When I heard the first few tracks from Nate’s new project, fun., I just couldn’t get into it. I mean, first of all that’s just a stupid name. Just go ahead and name yourself Good Music and let me forget about making my own opinions (Oh wait, Kanye already did that…). But after months returning to the album in search of a spark I finally found two songs I liked enough to write about.

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Then the really funny thing happened. As I listen to the album right now, writing this, I am enjoying it more than I ever have. It’s like the instant I got over myself and my nostalgia for The Format I was able to really get into the music and enjoy it for what it is. It’s not The Format but that’s OK, it’s great even. Because somehow I feel like Aim And Ignite might even end up on my best albums of 2009 list and that is really weird, considering. So if you are feeling these two jams, or were ever into The Format, I recommend you get over yourself too and give your time (and yes, money) to these 10 tracks. I refuse to fall into the easy pun here so let me just say that fun. really is… entertaining, amusing, diverting, pleasurable, pleasing, agreeable, and interesting.

♫ fun. – Barlights

p.s. I just had to include the art for the “All The Pretty Girls” single because it’s fresh.

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5 replies
  1. yaelelmatad
    yaelelmatad says:

    That is probably my favorite album of the year (I take that back, it IS my favorite album) so far.

    “The Gambler” is possibly the most perfect wedding song/wedding anniversary song ever created. It makes me weep every time!

  2. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Good to hear! (not about the weeping, but about the fun.-love ) I have
    been wondering what you thought of fun. considering it was you who
    turned me on to The Format. Them having your stamp of approval only
    make me appreciate fun. more :)

  3. emwqb3
    emwqb3 says:

    I (over at thewildhoneypie.blogspot.com) alos felt a bit dissappointed, but the more I listened to Nate and Co., the more I weas drawn to their pop-y, eccentric grooves. It also helps that I saw them live, and they did nothing but impress me.

  4. emwqb3
    emwqb3 says:

    I (over at thewildhoneypie.blogspot.com) alos felt a bit dissappointed, but the more I listened to Nate and Co., the more I weas drawn to their pop-y, eccentric grooves. It also helps that I saw them live, and they did nothing but impress me.

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