fun. – ‘Aim and Ignite’



Every summer needs a soundtrack and if the past seven rain-free days are anything to go by, then summer 2010 is definitely under way! So as you blow the dust off your sun glasses, why not let me tell you exactly why Aim & Ignite by fun. is the perfect collection of songs to accompany those long (and hopefully warm) summer nights.

The easiest way to define fun. is by obvious reference to their name. A band that does exactly what it says on the tin (or CD cover) fun.’s eccentric mix of emotionally charged vocals, bouncy feel-good pop beats and array of expertly arranged horns and strings instantly put a smile on any face.  With each track as quirky and unique as the last, the surprises just don’t stop coming with this album. Delicate piano keys tinkle through almost all the tracks, with female vocals making an appearance on album opener Be Calm and past single At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used To Be). However it is undeniable that the outstanding vocals of Nate Ruess tie the tracks together, weaving a common thread throughout the album that ensures what is delivered is more than just a haphazard offering of pretty songs.

Barlights is an insatiably catchy little number, whilst The Gambler evolves into the simplest and perhaps most honest song on the record. Hopelessly romantic in its lyrics, it depicts an image of eternal, yet candidly truthful love that many others have tried and failed to capture in their music.

Take Your Time (Coming Home) brings the album to a fitting finale, showcasing the uplifting musical arrangements and beautifully optimistic vocals that have danced their way through Aim & Ignite. With their blend of good old fashioned rock & roll and Broadway’s finest show tunes, fun. have created something brilliant here. If you buy one album this year – make it this one. Your ears will love you forever!

Aim & Ignite is available everywhere NOW! To get you in the mood check out these acoustic versions the band recorded the last time they were in the UK – The Gambler in the living room and At Least I’m Not As Sad… in the kitchen! Lovely!

— Lucy

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