I was looking to see if Janelle Monae had actually released any new stuff recently when I came across this song. Man I was I excited to check out another song from her, only to find out that she was only a featured artist…and to even call that would be generous to a fault. She literally does nothing in this song except for sing some forgettable lines near the end of the song. Matter of fact, the only good thing about Janelle Monae in this context is that she helped me find this band called fun, former members of The Format and Steel Train. If the song sounds familiar… In the first full frame since the Super Bowl, during which Chevrolet premiered a Sonic commercial that prominently uses “We Are Young,” the song jumped from No. 41 all the way to No. 3 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. The youth anthem led the digital sales chart with 296,000 downloads (a 338 percent increase) — the best week-long tally of any song this year. Yup, a car commercial plays a huge factor into the rise of this song. I really enjoy the lyrics, but I am curious to see how it sounds when it is stripped down. For every person that appreciates the song’s “epicness” I am sure there is a detractor that frowns at how it is over- produced.
Ahhhhhh let’s see this scaled back production. Janelle Monae actually does something here!
Their 2nd LP Some Nights is out on Tuesday Feb 21st.