BRUNO’S MAGIC NOT WORKING THIS TIME

ALBUM                                 :           24K MAGIC

ARTIST                                  :           BRUNO MARS

GENRE                                   :           R AND B / POP

DATE RELEASED                 :           2016

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The use of the word “magic” as album title would make fans and non-fans conclude that Bruno Mars would try to replicate the success of his previous album and of course his hit single “Uptown Funk.”  Can he do it again? Let us review this album track by track.

  • 24K Magic – sets the tone and mood for this album and that is indicating his desire for another “Uptown Funk” magic. This track sounds more like 70’s retro with 90’s vibe.

Watch official video of 24K Magic in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqyT8IEBkvY.

  • Chunky – sounds like filler songs from After 7; a 90’s one hit wonder R and B band.

 

  • Perm – an attempt maybe for him to become the next James Brown. The problem is that you can feel that he still lack that James Brown attitude.
  • That’s What I Like – is like a Boys II Men track. So, nothing great in this track.

Listen to “That’s What I Like” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPIm_ZZ0yVw.

  • Versace On The Floor – first there was Lady Gaga with her Donatella song and now Bruno Mars paying homage to a fashion name and unfortunately it is just as bad as that of Madonna’s copycat. So bad this track that it is like Tommy Page going R and B.

Watch “Versace on The Floor” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2UZlwTDGbY.

  • Straight Up – another Boys II Men like track especially on the musical structure where it sounded like “Ill Make Love To You.”
  • Calling All My Lovelies – it’s like listening to an old Luther Vandross song.

Sing along to lyric video of “Calling All My Lovelies” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHLnPh-cwm4.

  • Finesse – another 90’s like filler song from bands like TKA, New Kids on The Block, All 4 One, New Edition, and Bros.
  • Too Good To Say Goodbye – it is quite surprising that he tried to sound like Michael Jackson in here.

As a whole, you can say that Bruno Mars is some sort of being lazy in here.  There is no unifying sound and vibe.  What he offered in this record is like a hodgepodge of tribute songs and karaoke versions of old songs from 90’s boybands. I rate this record 2.5 stars out of 5 stars. Not one of the songs in this album is destined for greatness.

 

RATING DESCRIPTION

1 stars = Ignore it

2 stars = risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it

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