Bruno Mars: Unorthodox Jukebox

7 Jan

unorthodox jukebox

Hit maker, heart breaker, booty shaker Bruno Mars has emerged in filthy fine form from the squeaky clean shadows left by Doo-Wops and Hooligans and never sounded better. His aptly titled Unorthodox Jukebox borrows its sound from a veritable kaleidoscope of influences; everything from reggae, soul, synth-pop to hip-hop is sampled and transformed with a masterful hand into a stellar pop record that is unlikely to be matched for some time.

Along with this new musical palette has come an image overhaul which sees the once cherubic sweetheart channel his base side; he’s still looking to woo the ladies but booty call tracks like Gorilla and Locked Out of Heaven show he’s now looking to wheedle his way into pants rather than hearts second time round. Strangely enough I’ve only heard complaints from the chaps on this note. A number of prominent male music journalists have jumped in to defend our honour without being asked in what seems to be more a case of mojo envy than a determined fight against Mars’ misogyny.

And what of the music? A fresh approach to production has given Unorthodox Jukebox a far fatter, more ambient, and more mature sound than its predecessor making stand out tracks like the first single Young Girls possible. But it is the sheer variety of music, impeccable production and lack of filler that make Unorthodox Jukebox a must have in your album collection. Full marks from me.



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