fun., Imagine Dragons and Foster the People are HUGE bands band with members that you can’t name and frontmen you couldn’t pick out of a police lineup. None of em make tawdry headlines the way rock stars did when I was a kid. They’re still loaded and dating supermodels, but they just aren’t very fun. Neither is (former?) fun. frontman, Nate Ruess; he aims to raise his profile this summer when he launches his first solo affair.
Theres only so much blissfully subdued sad Beck a man can listen to before he needs a good balls to the wall anthem to get though the tail end of winter. ‘Nothing Without Love’ is a mighty fine rafter shaker. BIG props to Ruess for singing live while nearly drowning in the video.
Besides the senseless death of a grand piano, the only misstep here is burying Lykke Li in the audio mix. Lykke Li is the “more cowbell” of alternative rock — use as directed. Perhaps an ethereal remix is in order where we can hear her shine for a moment.
Pick up ‘Nothing Without Love’ today on itunes or Amazon MP3. Read more about Nate Reuss and his upcoming Fueled by Ramen album at Rolling Stone.