Album is amazing, and that's coming from someone who didn't even like Aim and Ignite and was ready to hate it because of those Kanye West references... It was a brave move from them but it ended up great.
It reminds me of Pet Sounds and what Beatles did in their experimental era (hopeI'm not the only one), and Some Nights isn't much worse than that...
I love this album so much. It gets better with every listen, and you definitely get used to the vocoder over time. Great review, I agree that there is a pretty good chance we see fun. accepting a Grammy next year for best new artist, and for once the award will be going to the right group!
The first time I listened to it I thought it sounded like Queen. And thats a good thing.
I remember 3 years ago telling my boss to check this band out because we had been non stop listening to Queen radio for about a year and I needed something new in the office. He said they are OK but will never get the recognition that Queen has. It was so great to rub it in his face after the super bowl.
I'm very 50/50 on the album and if I love it or just am okay with it.
There are extremely strong songs in Some Nights (Intro), Some Nights, Carry On, All Alright and One Foot.
I'll go out and say that We Are Young, All Alone, Why Am I The One and Out On The Town (which I know is a "bonus track" are all good but not great. I've found that I skip It Gets Better almost every single play. It just does nothing for me.
Now before anyone jumps all over me and says I'm crazy, I expect a lot from this band and especially Ruess. The Format as well as Fun. have put out some of my all time favorite albums. Dog Problems and Aim and Ignite are masterpieces.
Maybe my expectations were a bit too high. Maybe my taste has changed, but to me this is more of a 7/10 than a 9.5/10.
Probably the third time I've said it somewhere on this site, but "Some Nights" (the song) absolutely makes this album. Not that there isn't quality throughout, but I can't remember, in my entire life, ever hearing the a song for the first time and being floored by it the way this one did.