This is how you make a new album. The debut from Fun. (Aim and Ignite
) was characterized by orchestral whimsy, theatricality, and the pop stylings of lead singer Nate Ruess. Some Nights
takes the original formula (Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost) and spices it up with pop-leaning production from Jeff Bhasker, who honed the band's burgeoning interest in Kanye West by splicing beefy beats and big synth with Ruess's already compelling melodies. Although the "Some Nights Intro" is all Fun. (complete with clapping and swelling), the first three actual songs hit like nothing the bands ever done before, like exclamation points instead of statements, with big bold choruses and weird amalgamations of genres. Fun. is more than just fun this time around.