Sunday, 13 May 2012

fun. - We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae)

We Are Young is the first single off American Indie Pop Band Fun's second studio album Some Nights. It is one of the only power ballads one is likely to hear that doesn't produce connotations of huge hair and comically unnecessary fist pumping in the listener's mind. This track has largely only come into the public consciousness thanks to its placement on the TV show Glee. How ironic it is that a TV show so bad that it's almost as morally reprehensible as the Nazi regime was what led most of us to this near-flawless tune.

The song starts of at a fairly quick tempo, creating an "Oh here we go, another unimpressive modern indie offering" type of feeling. However, at 0:49 the track suddenly slows down and launches into the anthemic monster that has seen it become a worldwide smash hit. The lyrics to the chorus are simple, but resonate so well with the spirit and romance of youth. They ring true to anyone currently in their teens and create a wonderful sense of nostalgia for anyone older. This song easily has one of the best and most evocative choruses written by a proper band in an all too long while.

The verses are thoughtful, melodic and meaningful too. However, the chorus is so massive that they could have  afforded to replace the verses with the sound of a fat guy farting and this song would still be a hit (I've no idea why this would ever have occurred but I protest the point is still a valid one).

All in all this is one of the best new songs I've heard in ages and I can't believe this song is the first time I've heard of this band. However, if they have any more singles of this caliber up their collective sleeves then it certainly won't be the last we hear of them. Not by a long shot.

Worth a listen? Too bloody right it is.

Verdict: 8.5/10

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