Week 3: Apes and Jukeboxes
Busting through every genre out there and giving bounds of soul never before known, Bruno Mars stands out amongst the rest and stakes his flag in the hill of musical history. Brilliant producer, world renowned writer, extrodinary vocalist and expert musician are just a few of the many titles Mars holds and he goes to town displaying all of them on his latest effort Unorthodox Jukebox.
Album: Unorthodox Jukebox
Artist: Bruno Mars
Starting off with a powerful ballad that Mars has become known for with hits such as “Just The Way You Are”, Unorthodox Jukebox gives us a taste of the familiar Bruno we’ve all come to love with Young Girls. Giving us a song that is catchy and yet still holds a deeper message than seen at first.
Quickly punching the car into 5th gear and cruisin’ Jukebox kicks off the Mega-Hit Locked Out Of Heaven. Sexy, pristine and smooth Mars channels influences from the Police and other punk-rock acts to deliver a priceless underrated tune.
Moving into the sexy Gorilla, Bruno gives that intense edgy side he’s become known for as a writer for acts such as Cee-Lo Green, Travie McCoy and B.o.B. Never shying away from sharp percussion and punchy hooks Bruno gets sultry and seductive and leads us on a musical journey quite worth the wait till track 3.
Wasting no time we get my favorite song off the album. Treasure is funky and recounts a day of old when funk, Motown and outstanding vocal dynamics can’t be replaced and auto-tune didn’t exist. Punchy, cocky and outstanding truly Bruno delivers nothing short of a masterpiece.
The unfortunate part of this album are the tracks that feel like fillers in between the truly great tracks. I feel as though I’ll fall more in love with songs such as Moonshine, Show Me and Money Make Her Smile later on as I listen more but for now I’m still trying to find the full wonder in the big tracks.
Bruno doesn’t leave out those slow ballads that will make you cry and feel. When I Was Your Man, a powerful piano ballad, rips across time and space and grabs at that soft spot we all have for relationships of past that coulda, shoulda, woulda been the one. And with If I Knew, we get a influences from Doo Wop and soul rock acts that defined the early ’60s.
Stopping at nothing less than spectacular the long anticipate follow up album from Bruno Mars is simply put amazing. Definitely some crusin tunes in this one. A true expression and ode to such great artistry is rare.
This album is itself a treasure.
Link to Playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/hotfreeze/playlist/5BhKUgTyMWRPzUVY6J5ilS