Unorthodox Jukebox: Bruno Mars gives us a quality jukebox
Bruno Mars became famous to the general public in 2010 with the huge success of his debut album Doo-Woops and Hooligans, which contains genuine hits like Just The Way You Are, Grenade and The Lazy Song. Two years later, the young American from Hawaii is back with a second solo album, Unorthodox Jukebox, released December 6, 2012. This new album was expected by his fans as "confirmation" album. Let's see what it is...
First thing you notice when looking at the tracklist, the album contains no featuring: no duet with the singer of the moment to sell more, only solo songs and it is a good thing because the album is very (too) short, 10 songs for 35 minutes, it goes very quickly.
The album starts with Young Girls, a mind-blowing song in the style of Grenade, which makes us travel directly into the singer of the world. Locked Out of Heaven, the first single from the album, is a real dancefloor call-to-arms with a small vintage / rock 'n'roll that makes it addictive. Treasure is an excellent funk song and is very similar to what the Bee Gees or Kool & the Gang could do. We remain in the 80s atmosphere with Gorilla and Moonshine, retro pop songs that reflect the influence of Michael Jackson on Bruno Mars (the artist has never hidden his admiration for the King of Pop). The next song When I Was Your Man is a piano ballad that the young ladies, among others, fan of Bruno Mars' sweet voice will like. In a rhythmic kind, Natalie is a song with a good melody but not necessarily surprising. On Show Me, Bruno Mars reminds us that he comes from Hawaii with a rather convincing swaying reggae. The following title Money Make Her Smile is more surprising since it is a electro-rock song that does not really fit with the universe of Bruno Mars and the track is a bit disappointing. However, the album ends beautifully with If I Knew, a languorous slow that concludes this second album in the most beautiful way. Unorthodox Jukebox bears its name perfectly. The album is a true jukebox containing songs with different styles (ballads, disco, soul, reggae, pop) but always of quality. With this second album, Bruno Mars confirms perfectly the hopes placed in him and gives us a homogeneous and accomplished album.