ALBUM: Doo-Wops and Hooligans
ARTIST: Bruno Mars
REVIEW BY: Catherine Goble
Bruno Mars’ first offering is a brilliant mix of pop, soul, jazz and blues coming together in a perfectly formed musical package. The album starts with his two hit singles - Grenade and Just the Way You Are - saccharine words and catchy tunes, which have shot him to stardom and the top of the UK singles charts.
But, by his fourth song, Runaway, he seems to have a Jekyll and Hyde moment and ups both the tempo and his personality, showing a completely different side of his songwriting. This could also be said of ‘Marry Me’, with the lyrics ‘We’re looking for something dumb to do, hey baby, I think I want to marry you’. Not much of a proposal, that.
Mars teams up with reggae star Damian Marley for the angry rap-style ‘Liquor Store Blues’ and with Cee.Lo Green and B.o.B on soulfoul effort ‘The Other Side’. While ‘Take me to the Moon’ is possibly his least memorable contribution to the CD, he chose to end the album with a piano version of that same song - although, listening to it, you can see why he didn’t want to leave it out as it is far superior to its original. Most of Mars’ songs may be sickly sweet, like his chocolate namesake, but if you are fed up with the manufactured pop that is currently being churned out, then Mars definitely offers a certain something.