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  • Summary: The band's first album on the Fueled By Ramen label was produced by Jeff Bhasker and features Janelle Monae on its single We Are Young.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. It's the bold, adventurous and grandiose album that the Top 40 charts needs right now.
  2. Mar 9, 2012
    80
    The trio has crafted a record that measures up to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy musically and delivers enough emotional charge to power a small town for a month.
  3. May 24, 2012
    80
    [The band's] boundless enthusiasm could be teeth-grating even without Stars' overuse of Auto-Tune, but it's hard to dislike such catchy tunes and lyrics that are funny, sincere and oddly moving.
  4. 67
    Listeners who come for the trio's Glee-approved breakout ''We Are Young'' will be happy with Some Nights' superior first half.
  5. Jun 19, 2012
    60
    For every ELO-meets-Panic!-At-The-Disco pop gem that makes you think Fun. are great, there's also an Auto-Tuned-to-buggery vocal or irksome trumpet riff that simply grates. [26 May 2012, p.53]
  6. Oct 12, 2012
    40
    Some Nights is ultimately a confused, turgid tangle of ideas. [Jul 2012, p.100]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 40
  2. Negative: 7 out of 40
  1. Jul 11, 2013
    10
    This was my fave album for about a year! I loved this from first listen! We Are Young was my fave song for a whole too! It was cool to hear it so often on the radio and when it won song of the year at the Grammys! A great album. Best tracks in my opinion: We Are Young, Some Nights, Why Am I The One, Carry On Expand
  2. Mar 23, 2012
    9
    Fun.'s sophomore album "Some Nights" is the game played right. A successful album in modern music is relevant to the current mainstream, yet not dependent on that relevance. Some Nights is both relevant and original. But most importantly, it has replay value. Fun. has left a mark on indie-pop that will always be there. Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2013
    9
    A Perfect Start To There Fame!
    Carry On Is The Sh!t!
  4. Jan 20, 2013
    7
    Funny thing about being indie: you aren't really indie if your **** on the mainstream radio, or if you assigned yourself to a label; you can be then deemed alternative. I don't know why fun. is being heaped with actual indie acts like Longwave and Valise; they're not indie anymore. Still, it doesn't take away from the album being at least OKAY.... some songs are tedious, like the ever-famous "Some Nights" and don't really take into consideration the need for a song to be short and sweet, but who am i to judge? The rest of the album varies; "We Are Young" is catchy, but everything else is forgettable. It's a good album, just not memorable, just like every other release in the past few years save 21 and Channel Orange. And other albums that people don't recognize. Still, it irks me that they're considered "indie"; if they get popular and become mainstream, that defeats the purpose of being indie. A little disappointing and does take away from the album. Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2012
    6
    SOME NIGHTS by Fun. is unique compared to other now mainstream artists that you hear on the radio. These songs are actually good for a change, these still get stuck in your head, but they are not crappy and annoying. This album is actually quite good, but there are some things that I do not like about it, such as some of the songs are oddly written and totally ruined by auto tune. The lead singer of Fun. can obviously sing, so why use the auto tune? He sounds good without it. Overall, SOME NIGHTS is refreshing and a break from other mainstream rubbish. Expand
  6. Jul 13, 2012
    5
    The bottomline: it's all of The Format's pop sensibilities without any of the underlying musicianship or deep meaning that made frontman Neil Reuss' songs on The Format's Dog Problems album so damn enjoyable to listen to. Once the hooks work their way out of the listener's eardrum, all that remains is a very hollow and shallow pop rock record frantically humping the Hot 100 chart. Of course, with a name like "fun." and songs like these, it's pretty clear that is all Reuss was gunning for here. It's not bad, but it isn't good, either; it's mildly interesting at first, and then bores. Expand
  7. Jul 20, 2012
    3
    When I first heard "We Are Young", this thought came into my mind: 'You've got to be kididng me. Kids PAY for this??" I recently finished listening to the album, ending with the title track, "Some Nights". Besides the ghastly "We Are Young", the title track serves Fun no credit. The album is a loosely connected collection of monologues and anthems which will hook teens worldwide but sadly, will not impress true music lovers. Like many pop hits before it, the album serves one purpose- entertainment. But sadly, it comes short in enlightenment. Expand

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