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Monday, October 25, 2021

CD review: Bruno Mars

Artist: Bruno Mars

Album: Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Label: Elektra/Asylum

Rating: 5

Bruno Mars’ debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, is anything but conventional. The rookie took on his musical endeavor seriously, and proved what talent actually sounds like.

Most of today’s R&B songs sound exactly the same, but not these. Mars successfully combines his R&B style and island rhythm with a touch of classical elegance.

His lyrics are interesting, not just fun and crazy, but thought- provoking and complimentary to the melodies, which do in fact exist. The album includes his chart topping single, “Just the Way You Are,” even though this is definitely one of the less charismatic compilations on the album.

Beyond his compositional and lyrical capabilities, the truly greatest talent featured in the album is Mars’ sultry, smooth voice. His harmonies, trills and falsetto action just lull you into a false sense of security that is certainly enjoyable.

Give these tracks a listen: “Grenade,” “Our First Time,” “Marry You”

For Fans of: B.o.B, Travie McCoy, Chris Brown

– Brittany Pearlman

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