I love Bruno Mars because he doesn’t do cookie cutter pop shit like most people on radio do these days. When he released Just The Way You Are and Grenade a few years ago, it was amidst the Tik Tok era and was equivalent to a breath of fresh air in a room filled with nail polish remover.
He just released his sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, this past week. The first single, Locked Out Of Heaven just hit #1 on the Billboard 100 this week as well. Bruno Mars can actually sing. This is demonstrated here and here. (And if you haven’t seen him sing while looking ridiculous check out his SNL skit here, start 30 seconds in.)
His music just feels good if that makes any sense. It has soul to it, you can move to it. This new album isn’t something you “throw your hands in the air in the club and dance” to. This music is what I hope mainstream pop goes to. Because it’s actually good.
I heard the song Young Girls for the first time when he first performed it on SNL a few months ago. I loved it so I had pretty high expectations coming into this album. Rolling Stone gave the album 4/5 stars (which is pretty remarkable considering they hardly ever give anyone over 3 stars now a days) and rightly so.
The album as a whole flows very cohesively when listened to in one sitting. It almost feels throwback-ish to a Michael Jackson vibe at points (Treasure) and then hits you with a “I’m going to lie on the floor and cry for 3 minutes and 34 seconds” moment when he sings When I Was Your Man (prepare yourself ladies).
If it wasn’t evident already, I love the album. You go Bruno Mars, you have not only avoided the wretched “sophomore album slump” but you’ve completely obliterated it.
Singles: Locked Out Of Heaven, Young Girls (to be released soon)
Sarah’s Top 5: Young Girls, When I Was Your Man, Natalie, Treasure, If I Knew
Songs to dance to: Locked Out Of Heaven, Treasure, Natalie
Songs to cry to: When I Was Your Man, If I Knew