Christmas came early with Bruno Mars’ highly anticipated album Unorthodox Jukebox. Bruno offers an eclectic mix of soul, rock ballads, and reggae that sincerely reaches out and grabs you. This album felt hand-delivered.
As a music enthusiast I’m really possessive over artists and songs that I like. So much so that I get upset when I find a song that I like and then the artist releases it as a single and people enjoy it as much as I do, see: Bruno Mars | Grenade. That being said, I’ll go ahead and tell you my faves NOW so it’ll be more like sharing them as opposed to having them taken away. The album opens up with a gritty, pop-ish ballad called “Young Girls” and while I feel it will probably do well as a single, it’s not the song for me. The second track is “Locked out of Heaven”, which we all love and are familiar with, but immediately after that is a song called Gorilla. The track is percussive and dark, occasionally emphasized with guitar riffs as Bruno sings “You and me baby making love like gorilla’s”. The following track “Treasure” sounds like it could be played at just about any cookout, family reunion or from your system while you wash the car on a Saturday afternoon. Skip down a few more tracks to “Show Me” and he delivers an authentic reggae performance that would make even Rihanna a little homesick.
This album is very similar to Doo-Wops & Hooligans in 3 major areas. First, the tracklisting is almost identical and so far the singles are the same track numbers. Second, he does well in the arena of providing genre bending music without losing the cohesiveness of the whole album. It’s not weird to hear a rock track in between his blues and reggae. But the final and most important similarity is that he’s created great music. This is yet another solid offering from Bruno Mars and The Smeezingtons, and we’re thankful for collaborations like Mark Ronson and Benny Blanco who’s behind Trey Songz’s ”Heart Attack” and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”. It’s in stores now so check it out, or preview it on Spotify!