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Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox Album Review

22 FebruaryComments Off
Author: Sam

Bruno Mars’ second album is called Unorthodox Jukebox, though as far as pop records go, it’s pretty conventional.

Mars has spent his entire life in the entertainment business, and after you learn about his childhood experiences impersonating Elvis and performing classic Motown songs onstage, and then watching his preternatural comfort as a first-time performer on the Grammys stage, it’s little wonder that this is what he’s been born and brought up to do.  He’s a smooth, suave entertainer (he really does come across more like a polished “act” rather than just a singer), who is heavily influenced by classic pop sounds, and much like his first record (review here), those influences are once again on full display.

Unorthodox, he is not.  But his songs are catchy, and they are fun.  And more than anything else, those are two ingredients that no pop album can live without.

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Bruno Mars was already making his mark on radio well before his debut album ever hit store shelves.

His work as a producer, songwriter and guest vocalist vaulted him onto the airwaves in a big way last year, winding up on the credits of smash hits like B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You,” Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire,” and most recently Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You.”

But there came a point when he decided the production duties weren’t paying the bills well enough.  Besides, a lot of the songs he was giving away to other artists were tracks he would have rather kept for himself.  So he did.  And his resulting debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, marks his entry into the pop world as a leading man.

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Suck This Way

14 February10 comments
Author: Sam

So did y’all watch The Grammys last night?

It wasn’t awful, a lot of the collaborative performances were really good (or at the very least interesting), and the presentation seemed pretty streamlined.

That being said, here are a few of my gut reactions to the ceremony: I’m not a fan, but I don’t know why everyone hates on Justin Bieber – he seems to have at least some modicum of actual talent and he’s able to make fun of himself so that’s a plus *  Is it just me or do the actual awards seem rigged?  Why is it that every year, you can pretty much take it to the bank that the artists who are scheduled to perform are the ones taking home the prizes? *  I thought the retro stylings of Bruno Mars, B.o.B., and Janelle Monae was pretty neat, especially with the black-and-white  camera effect *  Mick Jagger continues his evolution into becoming a walking, arthritic, skeleton pirate.  Seriously, do his knees even bend? *  Dr. Dre definitely isn’t dead or locked in your basement *  The heavy metal and hard rock categories were, like usual, complete shit (these people honestly thought one of Ozzy’s new songs was worth an award? Or one of Korn’s new songs for that matter?!) *  Cee Lo Green absolutely stole the show – what a performance and what an outfit (and Gwenyth Paltrow actually made a decent showing herself) *  How can Arcade Fire win Album of the Year but not also win Best Alternative Music Album?  Isn’t there like some transitive property that’s being ignored here?

But here’s what I really wanted to get to: Lady Gaga’s new song is terrible.  She performed it last night, and if you haven’t heard it yet, it’s streaming here.  I guess I might be being a bit harsh for the simple reason that I expected more from her the second time around.  But “Born This Way” is as vanilla as it comes, regardless of its positive message.  The music itself is the opposite of everything that’s made Gaga so popular and unique.  It’s not daring, it’s not edgy, it’s not sonically interesting, and it sounds just like all the other pop crap that I thought she had separated herself from.

Agree/disagree? Let me know.

-Sam

Bruno Mars

27 July3 comments
Author: Schiano

It’s not every day that a well known producer and musician will throw some love out to an upcoming artist.  We were pleased to see Bruno Mars tweet about our boy, Matt Beilis.  Matt recently covered Bruno Mars’ new single, Just The Way You Are. Beilis posted his cover on YouTube and, sure enough, Bruno Mars noticed it.  Bruno Mars tweeted,

Check out this dope cover of My New single.. Go get um Matt! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsL1eKJv7Qo

Catch the cover after the break.  And if you haven’t done so already, why not pick up Matt’s new album on iTunes?  Can’t Help But Wonder is selling like crazy.  continue reading