Monday, February 7, 2011

Music Review: Bruno Mars - Doo-Wops and Hooligans

Music Review: Bruno Mars - Doo-wops and Hooligans

Here at Talking Reviews, we usually attempt to keep our finger on the pulse with good music and let you know. This time, it would appear, we let one little gem slip by us. Bruno Mars album Doo-Wops and Hooligans is the debut album of Bruno Mars. Slick and eargasmic, the album is an amazing piece of music that has been playing non-stop at Review HQ since it's discovery.

By now, everyone knows Grenade. Those who don't know it have obviously not been listening to the radio in recent times. Every station you tune into seems to have picked up the song for one reason or another. Mostly because of it's amazing talent and undeniably addictive sound.

You saw the Glee episode where they featured Just The Way You Are. Yes, the actors on the show can sing but Mars leaves there rendition for dead. The inspiring song is full of confidence boosting lyrics and lush melodies  which are almost reminisce of Craig David. Y'know, back when he was still popular. A pleasant trip down the R&B river. 

The smooth R&B flavour continues with Our First Time. It's a stunning piece that plays gently and relaxing. There is nothing offensive about this song. It blends nicely into the background. It's slow pace and relaxed tones make this song just easy to kick back and relax to. It's a track to watch and certainly get your hands on. It's almost a bubble bath with chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. If you're into that sort of thing.

Runaway Baby brings a new aspect to the album. It's got a healthy upbeat tempo with a bit of funk and groove in there. Mars shows his true vocal talents throwing this track in. It's got a bit of a stomping rock feel with vocals that sound like something akin to melted chocolate. It's refreshing and irrefutably amazing. A grabbing piece of music to infuse into your day.

Keeping the up-tempo trend in line is the other Glee song, Marry You. With Mars' trademark groove and smooth vocal delivery, there's even a hint of Beach Boys-esque backing music. This would be an amazing track for a beach wedding. Needless to say, this is going to be played at a lot of wedding in the coming years. Don't look like that, you  know it's true. The infectious music, the slick lyrics and enticing voice. It's everything a wedding night will be. Just remember, sock on the door knob.

Liquor Store Blues is the first of two collaborations. The reggae feel to the track is a little out of place compared to the rest of the album. This isn't to say that it's not a great track. The track features Damian Marley who does his own style of rapping. Yes, this is the youngest son of legendary Bob Marley. The two individually are creators of great music. Together, they are epic.

The track Count On Me sounds like something that we would expect from Jason Mraz. Here at Review HQ, we see this as a good thing. The indie feel of the track and relaxing vocal stylings are a bit playful and very addictive. The track can be played several times over without getting bored and without the track losing any of it's shine. The track is catchy, chilled and will get your head bopping from side to side.

The second, and last, collaboration is The Other Side which features Cee Lo Green and BOB. The song itself is quite hard to describe. It's got smooth melodies. It's got a bit of rock in there. It's got a bit of pop. The song has something that will appeal to everyone. There's just something about this track that makes it just standout from the others. Whether it be the collaborative input from all three, it's catchy. Maybe it's the eager rapping or maybe it's the mix of everything. Needless to say, this is an absolute highlight of the album.

Closing the album is Talking to the Moon (Acoustic Piano Version). Hearing Mars' voice with such a pure sound is just magic. The way the piano and his voice work together. It sounds like a stripped back and raw version. The effect is just breath taking. Hearing Mars sound so honest is just amazing. Lose yourself in the majesty of the song. Let it was over you. It is, truly amazing.

Doo-Wops and Hooligans is amazing. There are no other words for it and here at Reviews HQ, we can't believe that it slipped by without us noticing. It's exciting and fresh. It's endearing and enduring. It's actually got talent and sets the scene that we may have Bruno Mars hanging around on the scene for longer than we originally thought. This album is truly amazing and gets by without mass amounts of post-production work.

Doo-Wops and Hooligans is out now.

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