Bruno Mars releases another

By on January 10, 2013
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Bruno Mars ended last year in a big way with the release of his sophomore album, “Unorthodox Jukebox.” He had everyone wondering what he would be bringing to the table with not much information of what this record would consist of. The album had high expectations from fans based on the success of his debut album, which had a slow start of 55,000 his first week in the U.S. but it went on to sell more than six million worldwide and 1.8 million of which was in the U.S. alone. ‘Jukebox’ debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with sales of 192,000 for his first week. Bruno stepped up to the plate and is gearing up for an even bigger year in 2013.

Bruno Mars deviates from the norm with his second album, but he still delivers. Wkikmedia Common

The first single, “Locked Out of Heaven” ventures left off where his previous singles have gone. Bruno is known for his retro sound but this single goes further than he’s gone before with melodies and instruments that truly embody an older sound. What could have been a major risk turned out to be a big win. The funky yet catch song earned him a third solo number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. The next single is said to be the piano driven ballad, “When I was your Man.” It doesn’t disappoint and will probably connect with even more people that will in turn, buy the album. It’s a shame the album opener, “Young Girls” probably won’t be a single for this album. He performed it at the Victoria Secret fashion show that aired in December. “I still dream of a simple life. Boy meets girl, makes her his wife. But love don’t exist when you live like this” is a line from the song that illustrates much of the lyrical content of the album. He obviously wants to do right but he’s still young and living a life that involves more lust than love.

This record really pushes the envelope compared to what many artists put out today. The title describes the record perfectly. He once again mixes several different genres throughout these songs that make his work so refreshing yet relatable. He made the always bold choice to have no features on this album as well. With only ten tracks, this works out pretty well. There’s no lacking or room for a feature on most of the songs. “The good Lord better bless your soul, cause I done already curse your name” begins the second verse of the track, “Natalie.” The song is about woman who he fell for and in return she stole his money. Whether this tale is true or not, is unclear but the track definitely shows off a different side to Bruno. His seeking revenge makes for a smashingly good song. He closes this album with a beautiful track called “If I Knew.” “I wouldn’t done all the things I’ve done, if I knew one day you’d come,” he sings this line through the chorus of the track. The heartfelt blues song really ends the album on a somber note that will have people wishing there was more to this chapter of his story. Bruno said he got to be creative and free on this record. It definitely paid off because while his first album was praised and highly successful, this one truly delivers something brilliant that many will love to hear over and over again.

Jamel Coles
Staff Writer
jcoles@uab.edu

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