Oh, that voice! Nate Ruess sure has some pipes. He had them in the Format, and he’s still got them in fun., his new band. This record hardly lives up to Dog Problems, but it doesn’t have to. Fun. begs the question: just how poppy can it get? At times, like in the opener “Be Calm,” fun. is making a Disney soundtrack. A baker pokes his head out as birds fly by the town square and our young heroine sings the praises of prince charming. Mix that with a bunch of goofy instruments (glockenspiel, accordion, I’m sure), and you’ve got Aim and Ignite. For fans of The Format, duh. The baker dropped his tray of buns! Silly baker!
Leftover review from Cat Plaza #2.