What's it like to listen to "We Are Young"?
Awesome, if one had to sum it up in a word, but for those that enjoy a more Unhinged recount, I shall go deeper. Upon pressing play, you will instantly notice a pulsating kick drum calling your full attention to the direction of the nearest speaker. With your interest peaked and ears tuned, you will then hear Ruess's croon depicting a typical Saturday night hoo-rah of bar-stools and half-empty pitchers of beer. Naturally some of these images can be seen in the video below, but we'll keep moving forward with the story. Ruess continues to talk of an error in judgement pertaining to a special someone that has more than altered the sanctity of their relationship.
As he begins to elaborate on mistakes and trivial thoughts, he also begins to talk of friends being "Higher than the Empire State"! With the addition of this 3rd-person dialogue, the message of the song comes into full bloom. "We Are Young" and bound to make mistakes, we are not perfect, but we will rule the day and deal with tomorrow when it gets here. All of this comes in conjunction with an Epic chorus of: "Tonight, we are young/So let's the set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun". It's then at this point that you are completely overtaken by monster instrumentation and fall blissfully in love with the song. Sound about right?
Due to FUN's global approach in the song's creation, "We Are Young" was a huge hit in the U.S, as well as, overseas. FUN also enlisted the assistance of the talented, Janelle Monáe who just added that something extra to the power bridge, as if it needed any more oomph. Nearing overkill of mirthfulness and synth-happy highs, this song rides the metronome into history and solidifies FUN as a popular band. Even listening to this song today, long after it's birth, it can still cause you to pause for greatness.
If this is your first time hearing the song then, "Your Welcome", but if it's something you've heard before press play and hear it again... Unhinged.
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