I am a Bruno Mars Fan. To me, Bruno Mars is a soulful, fun, and heartfelt reminder of an era of real singers and performers. Bruno is probably the type of guy who’ll take you on an excursion through the Andies and then serenade you on top of the highest peak. But all distractions and dream situations aside, 24K Magic is Mr. Mars’ follow-up album to Orthodox Jukebox, and although the new album is quintessential Bruno Mars, the undertones are different.
24K Magic is only 33 minutes long – a lot shorter than I was anticipating. The sound of this album is 80s and 90s R&B, but some songs have an even older influence. If you listen to “Perm” you’ll instantly have a flashback to James Brown. If you’re looking for something to throw into your playlist that’s a little cheeky and induces gyrations, you’ll want to throw it in the mix. If you want to slow it down, I’d listen to “Versace on the Floor.” I’m not going to lie, I am really hoping that Bruno chooses to sing it at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show – it’s only appropriate? The song is also very 80s, which I love. The lead single is 24K Magic, but the best song on the whole album is “Finesse” for the simple fact that it exemplifies 80s R&B so well. I can see the video now – an homage to New Edition – matching outfits, box fades, and choreography for the dance gods. Bruno call me if you need help with the creative direction, I got you.
Overall the album leaves a bit to be desired. I wanted more. Here’s to hoping there’s an additional release. Let me know your favorites!