Monday, 24 December 2012 09:30

Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox

Bruno Mars proves he can be a bad boy too in his sophomore album

Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox

Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox

Text: Sherman Yang

The lead single from the album is ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’. Don’t let the title fool you because this song isn’t that innocent. Listen to the lyrics closely and you’d find the hidden meanings. On the whole, the track is catchy and upbeat and has already topped the Billboard 100.

Ignoring the jaw-dropping lyrics, the random f-bomb and perhaps the completely unsubtle overall notions of wild sex, then perhaps ‘Gorilla’ would be a good song. While the track has nice backing drums and keyboard backings, the overall packaging of the song makes it seem as though Bruno Mars is trying too hard to make a statement.

When ‘Moonshine’ started playing, it is as though a Michael Jackson song especially with the ‘Thriller’-esque synthesizer twangs.

The rare ballad on the album ‘When I Was Your Man’ sounds more like the Bruno Mars we know who sings soppy love songs. Going back to the piano and his sleek raspy vocals, the album takes a nice little turn in the middle.

That turn was shortlived when we go back into the chauvinism in the name of ‘Natalie’ and ‘Money Make Her Smile’. The similarity between both songs is the content -- money. The former is about a girl who ran away with it and the latter about money making a woman happy.

On the whole, it is clear that the Bruno Mars we know from the love songs ‘Marry You’ and ‘Just The Way You Are’ has left the building.

Opting for more sexually-charged songs in this album and some rather chauvinistic lyrics, Unorthodox Jukebox is an album you’d either really love or really hate.

Aptly titled, the album has no fixed genre which is what Bruno Mars was going for. However, the result is a confusing mix of tracks that seem to be thrown together in order to make an album.

Recommended tracks: ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’, ‘When I Was Your Man’

Rating: 3/5

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