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Fun is what happens when three extraordinarily talented musicians come together to create something altogether new and wonderful. Nate Ruess, late of The Format, has teamed up with ex-Anathallo multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost and Steel Train's Jack Antonoff, resulting in their ingenious debut, Aim And Ignite. The trio melds a stunning array of diverse inspirations - spanning Broadway to The Beach Boys, Nilsson Shmilsson to Pinkerton - into an irresistible collection of freewheeling Pop songcraft. Fun have crafted something special indeed, a contemporary rethinking of classic '70s pop, where ornate arrangements and inspired orchestrations meet present-day Rock 'n' Roll.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • ASIN: B002FOQY2M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is simply terrific. I put my headphones on to listen to this album, and was I hooked after 10 seconds. There are very, very few albums that can capture me from first to the last track. This album did it--consistent and musically delightful in every sense--I knew that I would have a hard time listening to anything else for several weeks. The lyrics were well crafted, engaging, and thoughtful. Most importantly, the lyrics don't encumber the wonderful composition of the music. Nate, the lead singer, stamps the music with his unmistakeably catchy voice. The talent and raw emotion that he displays is undeniable. He sings about the painful experiences that are familiar to us all, but deals with it triumphantly. The music picks you up with each note. The lyrics leave leave him vulnerable, yet the music unrelentingly tries, and ultimately succeeds in lifting him [and you, the listener] up.

The most beautiful thing that an artist can do is play from the heart. This album is nothing but heart, be it broken or mended, and it gives it a ride through a beautiful emotional journey on a palanquin hoisted by oompa loompas.

Is it possible to stay sad while crying in a bounce castle [made out of cotton candy] that's full of lollipops and puppies? I didn't think so. Because that's exactly what this album is. This album is a sanity check. This album is

fun.
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If you're going to be in a band named Fun you'd better be amazing, or be prepared to be mocked for the rest of your life. Fortunately, the "fun" filled, Aim and Ignite is undeniably the product of some serious talent. I've honestly never heard anything quite like it.

The eclectic mix of influences that must have inspired this little masterpiece, seems so vast, it borders on overwhelming. I'm not sure whether I've stumbled across one of the first examples of genius combined with a lifetime of internet access, or the perfect balance between medicated and unmedicated ADHD. Whatever it is, from beginning to end, it's delightful. And, it seems to get better each time I hear it.
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As the notes of a piano and violin open the album, it's as if someone is lazily- almost from the need to savor the moment that is to follow- putting a white canvas onto a holder. Soon the canvas is joined by soft yet sure strokes of lush color. Though the painting that follows is whatever you, the listener, want it to be, it is undoubtedly gorgeous. The artist is reassuring you that, indeed, he is back- and he is better than ever. As Nate's voice continues to color in the gray grass with vibrant green, and the lifeless clouds with a startling white that contrasts the blue skies, the canvas is not enough. Instead of a two dimensional picture, you find yourself standing in the middle of a world being created. A completely immersive experience- I had left my dark room long behind within the first chorus line. Welcome to Aim & Ignite ladies and gentlemen- consider yourself in the presence of greatness.

After over ten listens to A&I, I have settled on one word to describe it: Epic. A sweet, yet multilayered album that absolutely refuses to compromise on its sound for mainstream accessibility. In today's world of music that's completely disposable, this album is as welcome as an ice cream truck on a scorching summer day. From the first seconds of the album, to the last, there are very few, if any, complaints from me. An album that manages to cycle through so many styles of music, I am humbled by the talent.

Lyrically, this album delivers. From being contemplative throughout the album ("I've reclaimed the use of my imagination, for better or for worse, I've yet to know") to just the plain sweet ("I swear when I grow up, I won't just buy you a rose, I will buy the flower shop"), this album is littered with gems. All of which is sung in Nate's beautiful and melodious voice.
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I only found out about this band since they opened for a Janelle Monae show that I attended last year. Being over amped by the presenter the bands sound interested me. I knew nothing about who they were,or their history. But the leader seemed to be a person with some history. Turns out I was right. It was Nate Ruess,originally lead singer of a band called The Format and now of this group. So I'll say this. I've kind of danced around new pop/rock groups for the last twenty years because,in some way they all seemed rather stuck in the same alt rock rut. Which,at least to me got very old fast. And that goes for much indie pop as well. This band on the other hand fascinated me. Something about the way the handle their music has a lot of strength and care put into it. From their sound to their approach,there's a lot for someone like me to appreciate.

For one this band is in the Jeff Lyne/Todd Rundgren/Queen-Freddie Mercury league of putting vocal harmonies,orchestrations and heavily constructed,melodic hooks over being mere "guitar heroes. The first six songs alone "Be Calm",Benson Hedges","I Wanna Be One","Light A Roman Candle With Me" and two special highlights in "All The Pretty Girls" and "At Least I'm Not As Sad (As I Used To Be) have this quality in spades. Very heavily crafted,melodic orchestral pop songs that are beautiful and actually address some of the tales of secret hopes that the emotional roller coaster of the 1990's tended to deny the human soul. Stories of puppy love,romance,awkwardness and simple joys dominate. "Walking The Dog" is a more danceable type number,showcasing a nice funk rhythm guitar like very much out of the Duran Duran school of pop/rock rhythm guitar.
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