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Bruno Mars has been hard at work. Already one of the more popular acts that music has to offer, he’s been found featured on plenty of other artists tracks, and reached plenty of success with his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Well December 11, Mars is releasing his sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox, and it’s an incredible step forward for him. Sure, I always felt his songs were catchy although I never really sat down and gave a good listen, whether his own or one’s he’s featured on, but while getting the opportunity to listen to his newest album, I’m hooked.
Bruno Mars may sound like the usual mainstream hits that you hear over the radio, but you have to dig into his albums, and songs that don’t get the radio play to find the artist within. With Unorthodox Jukebox, Mars pushes the boundaries of his musical genre he’s seen as, and even tries to strip down the romantic good-boy image and shows his real self. It’s good to hear him being genuine with himself, and you can hear the satisfaction of himself within his music.
Unorthodox Jukebox first big hit is “Locked Out Of Heaven”, and it really pulled me into the album. He releases a vintage sound stepping back to a Police-style rock. He keeps it funky and fresh and it’s a solid track. It’s a good lead single, because you can incorporate the different styles on display from Unorthodox Jukebox in this one track.
You have to appreciate a man that dips into different genres for the fun of it and to see how far he can go, and Mars does that with this album. Tracks like “If I Knew” take a step back to the 60s’ slow dance groove, while “Show Me” throws his reggae styling, and Mars has no problem pulling these songs off flawlessly. “Treasure” takes some funk and disco and makes an awesome track. It’s like Mars took all these recipes of different eras, and as the master chef, created a menu of specialties from basic ingredients. It’s truly impressive, and stepping into other genres is one thing, but Bruno Mars’ silky smooth voice and excellent songwriting abilities make a big step up in growing as an artist.
The song that struck me the most was a broken-hearted piano ballad from Bruno Mars titled “When I Was Your Man.” This song stands out to me simply because it’s so genuine. Mars opens up his heart here, and through his musical talent, makes us feel his pain. I love this song simply because it’s so real, and you can tell without talking to the man, that this was a big song on the album. It stands out to me the most though, I love it.
All in all, Unorthodox Jukebox is an excellent album. I highly recommend giving it the full listen to anybody interested. With this being just the second album Bruno Mars has released, its unbelievable how much he’s matured as an artist so quick, and is still growing. This album should be a hit, and I’m looking forward for more to come from Bruno Mars ahead, because I don’t see him fading out.
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out Of Heaven”: