CD Review: Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
It's hard to find fault with anything Bruno Mars (or Peter Gene Hernandez, if one ought to go with what his parents named him) does, simply because of the sheer joy he exudes while doing it.
Take, for instance, the lead single off his latest album.
Locked Out of Heaven sets a Police-era groove against these lyrics: ‘Open up your gates cause I can’t wait to see the light, And right there is where I wanna stay’. In the hands of a lesser artiste, this sort of sexual innuendo would sound cheesy.
In Mars’ hands, it becomes a dance floor classic. You can tell this is a man who has spent a lot of time working on that tricky beast — the perfect Pop song. He has great support too, in the form of people like producer Jeff Bhasker, who has long helped artistes like Kanye West and Alicia Keys go that extra mile.
For the pop connoisseur, Mars tips his hat to everyone from Prince and U2 to Michael Jackson. He does this in just over a half hour too. From Moonshine to When I Was Your Man to Show Me, the hits refuse to stop. Buy this at once.
— Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars, EMI, Rs 395