Unorthodox Jukebox (LP) [Explicit]


Bruno Mars

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Amoeba Review

12/10/2012

Bruno Mars broke through in 2010 with Doo-Wops & Hooligans, a fine (if safe) debut soul-pop record. Far from a sophomore slump, Mars livens things up with his second record, one that should pull in more than kids and moms but that should still satiate those same kids and moms that fell in love with him in the first place. “I got a body full of liquor with a cocaine kicker and I’m feelin’ like I’m 30 feet tall,” he sings on the electro-funk of “Gorilla,” perhaps the clearest sign that Mars wants to be taken more seriously as an adult musician. Mars needn’t beat his chest, though — the pitch-perfect analog soul of “Locked Out of Heaven” speaks louder, easily his most beguiling track to date. Producer Mark Ronson (of Adele and Amy Winehouse fame, among others) has a hand in that, though he doesn’t appear on the similarly minded but more 80s R&B-influenced “Treasure,” a sign that for all of Mars’ stylistic jumps, he knows the importance of keeping an album cohesive. His clearest influence in this regard is Michael Jackson — Mars shows the same refreshing lack of pretension, eagerness to please and ability to combine R&B, rock, soul, gospel, dance and a number of other influences into an appealing concoction. Knock him if you must, but Mars is the real deal. There just isn’t anyone in the radio pop landscape doing this as well as he is.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Young Girls
Bruno Mars 03:48
2.
Locked Out Of Heaven
Bruno Mars 03:53
3.
Gorilla
Bruno Mars 04:04
4.
Treasure
Bruno Mars 02:56
5.
Moonshine
Bruno Mars 03:48


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
When I Was Your Man
Bruno Mars 03:33
2.
Natalie
Bruno Mars 03:45
3.
Show Me
Bruno Mars 03:27
4.
Money Make Her Smile
Bruno Mars 03:24
5.
If I Knew
Bruno Mars 02:12

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