fun. Carry On

[Photo by Lindsey Byrnes]

When life sucks and you want things to be better, walk with your head held high.

 [Review By Jaclyn Gonzales]

“Carry On” by the pop rock band fun. is a song worth listening to.  It is likeable and in all sense of the word fun; it encompasses the band’s rock-power pop essence and has the whimsical attitude in the music. “Carry On” is the third single from the album, “Some Nights.” The music video for the song was released on October 24th.

The vocals are sung in the same stylized passionate vibrancy as their other singles, but contains an obvious positive subtext. The song begins with the subtle piano keys accompanied by Nate Reuss, the lead singer, sung in a low, subdued soft vocal range which hints of a possible tone in despair, “this I know/ I never said we are/though I’ve never been through hell like that/I’ve closed enough windows to know you can never look back.” When things aren’t working in life like you had hoped and you are dealing with the seriousness of depressed feelings or have been done wrong, this song can be the anecdote to it.

Being a song from this band, the theme of optimism rises as the song picks up and insinuates strength and carries this message throughout the entire song: “I was found and now I don’t roam the streets/I am not the ghost you want of me/if you’re lost and alone/or you’re sinking like a stone/carry on.” It turns into a feel good song with a reassuring chorus which has a catchy and bouncy tune. Reuss sings to the realization that you can’t look back, but should just carry on.

As Reuss reaches the words ‘carry on’ midway through the song, he sings with enthusiasm which is matched with the guitar solo which then features the entire band lending an upbeat tune of moral support to the reassuring lyrics.

“Carry On” is sung with heart. It has the contagious audio appeal that sounds as if it can be an anthem, suitable for making people want to sing along and have a good time.

“Carry On” is an enjoyable song that can make you feel good after hearing it. When life sucks and you want things to be better, the band’s advice is clear, walk with your head held high, continue and carry on. The content of the song is expressive with the deep and hurt lyrics but it is a good song with a good message. It is the perfect song when you need a pick-me-up or reassurance on moving forward.