Bruno Mars: Locked Out of Heaven

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Posted October 13, 2012 by in
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Rating

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3/ 5

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Genre: Pop, New wave
 
Producer: Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, The Smeezingtons
 
Writer: Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine
 
Label: Elektra, Atlantic
 
Format: Digital download
 
Release Date: 2012 October 1
 

Pros:

The Police reggae proves to be a neat fit on Mars's palette of pop
 

Cons:

The spacey chorus cuts way too deep into the cool groove
 

Mars keeps retro train going with Police-esque reggae pop

by J Matthew Cobb
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Mars keeps retro train going with Police-esque reggae pop

Bruno Mars‘s voice echoes the sentiments of Sam Cooke and Michael Jackson, despite his musical sensibilities – so far- have locked down on everything from Elvis to reggae to doo-wop. On “Locked Out of Heaven,” the retro popstar opens up his eclectic bag even further into Sting-esque/The Police territory. At times you can hear “Message in the Bottle” and “Roxanne,” even tidbits of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” soaking into the groovy verses. Oh, don’t worry Bruno Martians: the chorus still traces the fingerprints of “Grenade.” It’s just not as poppy.

 


About the Author

J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine.


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