After his hugely popular first album Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010),Mars second compilation Unorthodox Jukebox takes off from where the debut album left.
Mars has always toed the line where it came to choosing a genre. The 27-year-old is obviously inspired by elements of 80s music instant-access tunes and snatches of dance-floor-themed pop beats. But with his sophomore album,Mars flirts with rock,seduces reggae and courts soul and hip hop.
The album begins with Young girls,a track about how the aforementioned bright-eyed honies are make a mess of Mars life. The second track,Locked out of heaven is one of the highlights of the album. The guitars,the yelps and Mars smooth voice remind us of The Police as he sings croons about fornication with the delectable young ladies.
The next track Gorillas is spunky,with Mars singing You and me,baby,making love like gorillas followed by Treasure,is a disco-inspired single.
When I was your man is where Mars tosses his heart out to the listeners as he looks back on his relationships and sings My pride,my ego,my needs,and my selfish ways/ Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life/ Now I never,never get to clean up the mess I made/ And it haunts me every time I close my eyes. The track Show me is perfect for a laid-back moment,the roomy arrangement is comfortable as well as fun.
Money make her smile is where Mars and his producers The Smeezingtons go pop all the way.
A creamy arrangement with electronic blips,rapid-fire chants,propulsive beats,this is another gem from the album.
Unorthodox Jukebox is many things funky,pop and at times theatrical but one can clearly see the effort Mars is making. Call him old-fashioned,but Bruno Mars is exactly the kind of stuff that great pop is made of.