In honor of the Late Late Show’s Carpool Karaoke with Bruno Mars airing tonight, I thought I would take the chance to review Bruno Mar’s new album.
First of all, allow me to get my indignation out of the way; 9 SONGS?!? You’re telling me, I waited 4 years for NINE songs? This doesn’t even make sense.
Now, though appalled by the shortness of the album, I will admit that Bruno Mars created nine wonderfully special songs. I’ve been a fan of Bruno’s since the beginning, he had me at “Grenade” and my obsession only grew with every song since then. His discography is small but the power in each album is unmeasurable; he has a quality about him that makes his music feel relatable and too big for this world, all at once. I always get nervous when listening to new music from him because the fear of a let down is very real. Fortunately, he had me hooked with the song “24k Magic” and I haven’t stopped listening to the album since it’s release.
While listening to the album, I felt myself traveling back in time; I felt extremely nostalgic with each song and the joy in my heart was very real. I listened to the album a few times until I could finally pinpoint what was making me feel so nostalgic; Bruno Mars has brought back late 90’s, early 2000’s R&B music. He discovered the ingredients that made that music so special and he used it on 24k Magic. The music sounds genuine, warm and topped off with flawless vocals; I find myself getting more and more obsessed with each listen.
This is a fun album; with songs like “Chunky”, “Finesse” and “That’s What I Like” he’ll have you dancing in your seat. Though he does slow it down with “Versace on the Floor” and “Too Good to Say Goodbye”, you won’t be finding your wedding song in this album. The album did feel like it was lacking in the love songs, being that Bruno is known for his gut-wrenching piano ballads the lack of them in this album made the album feel short.
As a whole (and if I disregard my previous expectations), I thoroughly enjoyed the album. Again, the nostalgic feeling was prominent throughout the album and when the album was over I was left with a huge smile on my face. My only hope is that we don’t have another 4 years for new music from him.
Have you listened to the album? What was your favorite song?