Tuesday, August 25

Supergroups seem back in vogue these days, from Tinted Windows to the Dead Weather to Them Crooked Vultures. Add fun. to that list. Despite the lower-case lettering, the trio of Nate Ruess (ex-The Format), Andrew Dost (ex-Anathallo), and Jack Antonoff (Steel Train) projects a huge sound on Aim And Ignite, its over-the-top debut. Produced by Red Kross’s Steven McDonald, the album explodes with hooky, harmony-happy power-pop in the vein of the Raspberries, Big Star, and Badfinger. The robust tunes come front-loaded with piano, horn and string sections, gospel-style backup singers, and other gaudy adornments to match Ruess’s theatrical singing, pitched between Broadway and Queen. There are highlights galore, from the Weezer-indebted midsection of opener “Be Calm” to the smoldering beauty of “The Gambler.” As power-pop goes, you can’t get much more reverent than a song like “All The Pretty Girls,” and fun. reveal the true extent of their bombast on the nearly eight-minute finale, “Take Your Time (Coming Home).” It’s a blast. With Hellogoodbye, Limbeck, My Favorite Highway. All ages.

Tue., Aug. 25, 6 p.m., 2009

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