24K Magic

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!

 

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“We Don’t Talk Anymore”?

Truth be told I really wanted to dislike this song, but as I tried to type a well-written, witty, and interesting letter, I found myself slowly grooving. This is a very fresh first impression, but so far (after one listen) I can definitely see this song becoming a “summer smash” and here’s why.

  1. Former Disney Princess Selena Gomez is featured on the track. She’s obviously strayed away from Disney and she’s got her own “edge” now – much sexier, more “sensual,” more womanly? Her name brings attention and the song is slow enough for her vocals to skim over the song and add to the breeziness.
  2. Charlie Puth was already a featured on one of the most memorable summer and soundtrack songs with “See You Again.” His chorus in that song is actually why I instantly recognized his new song. With that in mind, I kind of feel like his voice is inexplicably connected to summer. When I hear Charlie Puth I know it’s summer. Is that odd?
  3. The song fits perfectly with summer’s easy-breezy vibe. Summer isn’t supposed to be hard, it’s supposed to be hot, humid, fun and the song just works. Period. Also the chorus has a really nice harmony on the “we don’t anymore, like we used toOooO.”

Here’s a link to the song (no official video yet) and enjoy this nice cover (also did anyone else watch X Factor? I instantly recognized Diamond…YASS) 🙂