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I like this band to a degree. I have never felt a part of the raid fandom that surrounds them but own their albums. I liked the stylistic change they did with This Is War and despite it being different it was also very diverse and enjoyable. I can't say the same for this new effort.
This album sounds like a throwaway 80s glam rock album with "try hard" lyrics. Nothing really stands out. Unlike previous efforts this album lacks truly big choruses or anything that could be called catchy. It all bleeds together with way too much going on. The synth is poorly layered so it becomes overbearing. Its not the worst thing I have ever heard and I can't say I had the highest expectations after hearing the singles but this album was just poorly executed. I will check out future releases but this album is just a disappointment. Vocals have sounded better, lyrics have been better, and the music itself in previous efforts has not been so "80s". I can't hear the life or energy in this album. Its just pretentiousness to a bunch of synth and gang vocals. It wants to have a grand feel but comes off extremely generic and boring. I would recommend skipping it or picking it up on sale. In regards to the band themselves hopefully they can release something a bit stronger next time. As another review said this is comparable to Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns which is in no way a compliment. I get some people like that album but it was pretty lifeless too. Though at least that album had some meaning in the songs despite the lack of energy and the lifelessness.
Let me start by saying I love The Walking Dead. I have read all the comics and have been watching the show since its release. I am a huge fan of Robert Kirkman's work and felt Telltale Games did a fantastic job with their episodic narrative game calle The Walking Dead in 2012. It for that reason I am gonna persuade people to save $50 and buy the comics instead.
This game has nothing special to offer. While it has an interesting inventory management system the entire game is filled with bad graphics, clunky controls, bad animations, unimaginative levels, and a story that just won't draw you in emotionally. The inventory management and fact choices matter for path are the only things the game has going for them and they are outweighed by a grueling to play game that has received universal hate and has very very low metacritic as well as individual review scores.
* The graphics appear as if they were a custom counter strike map. In early 00s or late 90s this would've been acceptable but people are cheating themselves paying full price ($50) for a game of this quality.
*This gameplay is unimaginative. 1 animation for execute. Weapons that make the same sound no matter what you are striking. Maps are just mazes with no real room for exploration and most doors are just textures and can't be opened.
*The story is not really as deep as anything else attached to the franchise. You never care about the side characters or even put that much thought into what the dixon brothers have to say.
*The game is way too easy. Getting overrun is actually the best way to do things. The game allows you to fight 1 "walker" at a time and perform your execute unlimitedly. Game could've benefited from more animations, higher difficulty, very few to no health restoring items (limited to just items like bandages)that would allow for more thought. Instead you have zombies that could care less if you are there and if they really wanna run up to you then just run away as you are faster. Just cause a game is easy does not make it fun...it also glitches a lot.
*The game is short. Really short. More DLC is coming but the ending is truly abysmal and boring.
At the end of the day you are paying $50 because you are a fan of the show and want everything walking dead. I recommend looking the story up on a wiki and spending your money on the comic compendiums 1 and 2 or getting The Walking Dead game by Telltale Games (available on all systems). If you have all of those then save up for the season 2 of the the Telltale game's award winning series of games or enjoy the fact you did not waste $50. If you are very interested in the gameplay then check out something on youtube to see just why most ratings are negative.
If you read this whole review then consider yourself informed on the realities of Activision's latest cash grab on a fantastic and emotionally powerful series. Don't justify the game to yourself just because its The Walking Dead. Each purchase of this game is a voice telling companies like Activision that is ok to make lazy and uninspired cash grabs off of successful franchises. This is far from their first offense. If you still have your doubts the game is as bad as most ratings dictate then please check youtube, metacritic, and other popular gaming review sites to get a good perspective of this disappointing release. So far this is an easy candidate for Worst Game of the year and has earned every rating in the 30% range that it received.
I have been listening to singer Nate Russ sing for some time now. His work with The Format is timeless example of indie pop. When I heard of Fun. I had to give them a listen. 'Aim and Ignite' was great to hear after knowing The Format was over. Seeing them live was also full of good memories. So when 'Some Nights' was on the verge of coming out I had expectations (they did not include a carbon copy album but did include a degree of creativity.
'Some Nights' starts strong with a good intro/album title song that really show the strengths of the band but after that I find it hard to care about this album. I will admit there are songs on here that good but they are surrounded by the weakest songs fun. has written let alone Nate Russ or Jack from Steel Train. The hip-hop beats feel out of place on many songs and some are even leftovers from the last Kanye West album (worked with the same producer). The use of autotune may of been an artistic choice but it does not help Nate sound better as he was an awesome singer to begin with. This album is intelligent pop but does not have the emotion of 'Aim & Ignite.'
"We Are Young" was a song I enjoyed at first release but it grew old after it became the anthem for every cell phone commercial and high school graduating class. It is not a bad song but it got overplayed. That is not the songs fault nor the band's so I don't fault them there. "Carry On" along with "Some Nights are the only songs on this album I would return to. I like the full album experience but I don't think I could tolerate the mediocre nature of this album's bulk to get to a few songs I kinda like. "Stars" would of been great but is ruined by Nate trying to sound like T-Pain on from an iphone app or something. I gave this album plenty of listens but never grew to like this album. I wish the band the best as they are talented members but I wonder if they will make unique and memorable albums again. This is an album that will turn this band from a beacon of indie pop to a one hit wonder. I do hope to see their creativity bleed through in the future and will definitely give them a chance.
I am going to end this review with the names of Indie-pop artists that may interest those who also felt this level of letdown in this album but enjoyed their last record.
'Jukebox The Ghost', 'Clap Your Hands And Say Yea', 'Queen Killing Kings','The Narrative, and 'The Front Bottoms'
These bands are not guarantee to be something you would be interested but all have released an album in the same genre I would highly recommend buying before wasting your time with 'Some Nights'. 'Some Nights' would be worth the few songs it gives on mp3 download only as owning a hard copy would only provide the need to hit the skip button a lot. If a sale occurs then I encourage everyone to listen to this album in comparison to 'Aim and Ignite' and write their own review or comment on mine. I personally do not find it worth full price or space on my shelf. I have an itunes copy I had bought release and only put the few songs I like on my ipod.
Music is subjective and this band is worth the attention they are getting but give it to them not just for 'We Are Young' and listen to their first album for sure. This is my opinion on 'Some Nights' which I am sadden to say is the biggest letdown of 2012. Hopefully the band can deliver in the future.