February 15, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B-

Listeners who come for the trio’s Glee-approved breakout ”We Are Young” will be happy with Some Nights‘ superior first half, which doubles down on the Queen-esque indie pomp the band toyed with on their 2009 debut. Soon, though, the rock theatricality and arm-in-arm choruses get ditched for Auto-Tuned verses, seven-minute freak-funk (frunk?) jams, and awkward hip-hop beats — none of which are likely to put a gleam in Ryan Murphy’s eye. B-

Best Tracks:
Jukebox rocker Some Nights
Rightfully beloved We Are Young

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