Music Recommendation – Single – Nate Ruess, “Nothing Without Love”

Fun. Visits New.Music.Live. in Toronto on April 24, 2012I have to say, I probably would not be writing about this song if it weren’t for the impression I was given when listening to Fun.’s Some Nights album. Nate Ruess’ voice has seriously grown on me, and I was hoping for big things from his debut. While it was impressive, this song did not attract the notice from the audience that I expected.

The song has a rhythm to it that feels easy and a feeling of loving passion. “Nothing Without Love” sounds cheesy (and believe me, the “na na na, oh” bits are), but the attitude and emotion of the song really gives the lyricism some power. Of course, the music video also helps with that (you can’t tell me I’m the only one who laughed when he was singing and swallowed a little bit of water). His pure voice is absolutely fantastic, and the pacing of this song leads into a big performance by Ruess.

Overall, I would rate the song at:


This song had to grow on me a little, but now it is one of my favorites. Really loving the energy, the tone and its sound. It is unique, and stands out amongst both Indie and Pop music. I seriously recommend hearing it, and keeping an eye on Nate’s follow up singles. You can listen to the song below:

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Guilty Pleasure – Fun., “Some Nights”

fun.Meet AMP’s newest humor-filled feature, “Guilty Pleasure”. I will add a description of the “Guilty Pleasure” category in the “Features” page eventually, but for now I will give you a brief summary of what I do here. Basically, I take a song that I should not enjoy as much as I do and share how I would never tell my male acquaintances about my lust for this song. Then I tell you guys, my not-acquaintances, about it.

So I thought a fitting first installment would be everyone’s favorite Indie/Pop group whose name they actually recognize from that one party in 2012. By this, I mean Fun. and their hits “We Are Young” and “Some Nights”, or as I like to call the latter, “The fun Fun. song.”

But what is so fun about Fun.’s funny “Some Nights” song? Well, the song has a deep drum beat that subtly invades your body into a rhythm of head-bobbing and toe-tapping. The lyrics are easy to pick up and fascinating to contemplate. Also, the vocals are passionate about whatever the hell they are talking about in the song.

Of course, the song has loads of little flaws. It is dragged out a bit too much, that autotune is disgustingly misused, and it uses the ever-so-signature Pop melody of “Oh oh, whoa oh whoa oh” and so on. I feel embarrassed to say I find Fun.’s music enjoyable to listen to because I know that the moment I accept it as truth, people will mistake my tolerance for being an actual fan of the group.

Overall, I would honestly rate this song at:


Now that I have revealed my secret, you might as well listen to it and see if the same effect rubs off on you:

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