ALBUM REVIEW: “Aim & Ignite” by fun.
There is no doubt that The Format broke hearts when its members went their separate ways. While the public may never know exactly why the beloved Arizona indie rockers decided to split, it’s clear that singer Nate Ruess has cut his losses and moved on to bigger and better things – namely, fun. With their debut Aim & Ignite fun. (Ruess, Steel Train’s Jack Antonoff and ex-Anathallo vocalist Andrew Dost) have created a stunningly intricate and compelling offering that sings of the trio’s combined experience in the business. Touching often on love – both the tender (“I Wanna Be The One”) and the nearly tear-jerking (“The Gambler”) – and insecurity (“Be Calm”), Ruess’ always-noteworthy lyrics are at their best. “Walking The Dog” makes a strong play as one of the catchiest songs released to date this year, and the soaring closer “Take Your Time (Coming Home)” brings a perfect end to both the album and Ruess’ former life: “I don’t think I feel misled / it was a rock’n’roll band. / I’m still standing…and the truth is I feel better, â€˜cause I’ve forgiven everyone.”