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You all remember the song Billionaire, don't you? The one the went 'I wanna be a billionaire/so frickin bad'. Well the guy behind that beautiful voice, Bruno Mars has just released his debut album!! I could not wait to get my copy of the album!
Doo-Wops and Hooligans is the debut album from Bruno Mars. The album was released in the United Kingdom on January 17th 2010 and so is very recent. The album is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of just £6.99 which I think is excellent value.
~* Song list *~
1)Grenade 2)Just The Way Your Are 3)Our First Time 4)Runaway Baby 5)The Lazy Song 6)Marry You 7)Talking To The Moon 8)Liquor Store Blues (featuring Damien Marley) 9)Count on Me 10) The Other Side (featuring Cee Lo Green and B.O.B 11)Somewhere in Brooklyn 12)Talking To The Moon (Acoustic Piano Version)
I absolutely the songs on this album!! They are soo refreshing that you just cannot dislike them!! I have to say, I like every single song on the album, which is strange for me as I am quite 'picky' when it comes to albums, and there are always some songs that I don't like. Although, this album is very good, because there isn't a song which I dislike.
What I love about this album is that there are songs on here to suit every mood! There are songs on here which you could listen to when driving in the car, at a party, or the kind you could listen to when relaxing on the beach! It is such a 'song-for-every-mood' kind of album, which is good as it means that you can put it on anywhere.
The are a few songs which stand out for me. Although the one which I feel that I just have to mention is definitely :
'Grenade' - I absolutely love this song!! It so emotional to listen to and puts his all into it. It is a bit of a 'powerful song' despite his soft vocals! I love the lyrics in this song; 'I'd catch a grenade for ya/ I'd throw my hand on a blade for ya/I'd jump in front of a train for ya!' Bruno could definitely teach other guys a thing or too!!
I love the genres featured on this album! They are kind of like 70's and 80's style music crossed with a slice of modern-day style music. He is really unique, and I think it adds something really amazing to the charts! He really stands out because he is so individual and what's more you can tell that he is himself; he's not a 'factory made' kind of artist like Cheryl Cole!
Bruno is so talented!! Not only can he sing really well (and I love his voice!), but he writes all of his own songs himself! I think that he is amazing! He could really teach the likes of Cheryl Cole and Jedward a thing or two! He has such great appeal too. Normally, artists in the charts today usually only have that 'appeal-to -young-people' kind of thing, but I think Bruno Mars is the kind of artist which all people (especially older people) will enjoy! Also, what is great is that there is no swearing what so every on this album!! So it's a thumbs up for children!! Bruno is such an inspiration!!
I love Bruno's voice. It is not often that I will say I like someone's voice. Whilst when listen to music, I'll often think 'oh they can sing well' but it's not often that I say I like a voice. However, I remember when I first heard Bruno singing on the Billionaire song, I instantly thought 'wow! this guy has such a nice voice!' It is so soft and sweet that it is such a pleasure to listen to, and really suits his romantic songs such as 'Just The Way You Are and Grenade'. He has the kind of voice which sounds like he is smiling when he is singing!
If you are looking for an excellent album, try this one! It's fantastic!
Thanks for reading!
January 26th 2011
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)
Bruno Mars seems to be everywhere at the moment . A few months ago, I'd never heard of the fella, but lately, he seems to not only have taken over the charts , in his own songs as well as collaborations with other artists, but he also seems to keep popping up in other places with regularity - Facebook and Glee being two notable examples .
Born Peter Gene Hernandez, Bruno Mars has actually been around for a fiar while as a music producer, having written songs for artists such as Alexandra Burke, Sugababes, and Flo'Rida. He's also provided vocals on Travie McCpys song 'Billionaire', B.o.B's "Nothin' on You, and is currently earning himself a nice little income from his co-writing of Cee-Lo Greens Fuck/Forget You . He lists Michael Jackson as one of his strongest musical influences , and his current chart hit 'The Way You Are' has inspired Facebook groups such as 'I'm not Bruno Mars. But I think you're amazing, just the way you are.' and 'If only all boys would compliment girls the way Bruno Mars does'.
It should be noted that this album is not released in the UK until January 2011. I'm very lucky to have a friend in Hawaii (Mar's birthplace) that sent me a copy of his album, as it was released there in October this year .
The tracks on this album are :
Just The Way You Are
Our First Time
The Lazy Song
Talking To The Moon
Liquor Store Blues
Count On Me
The Other Side
With just 10 tracks on the album, compared to the 12 or 13 I'm normally used to , I was slightly worried there wouldn't be much to enjoy . After all, with most albums there are just one or two stand out tracks, with the rest being just OK . It seems I needn't have worried . I'm not going to review all the tracks, just a few that really stand out for me .
Starting track 'Grenade' really starts the album off well, and actually gave me a bit of a surprise. Having only previously heard his vocals on a fairly sedate setting, it was unsual to hear an impassioned, almost angry tone on this song about unrequited love, with a fast pumping beat in the background. This is a song you can really turn the speakers up on, with a nice bass beat, and one I can certainly imagine being released in the future as a single, and blasting out on dancefloors across the country.
The next track, ' Just the way you are ' is one that the majority of you reading will have heard at some point, as it is currently riding high in the charts . Put very simply, it's a love song, but none of this poetic muck about roses and lovely times - just a simple list of all the things that are wonderful about his lady love - her hair, her smile, her laugh. It's no surprise that thousands of teens (and a few adult women alike) adore this song, and have started up Facebook groups proclaiming that he should be teaching boys how to treat girls - in Mar's own words "There's nothing mind-blowing about it. I'm just telling a woman she looks beautiful the way she IS - and, let's be honest, what woman doesn't wanna hear those lyrics?"
This song was recently used with spectacular effect on the tv show Glee, to demonstrate the clubs acceptance of Kurt, the only openly gay guy in the school, just the way he is . This is a great song, with catchy, sing-a-longable lyrics and a great tune behind it, with bells and drums being used to great effect, but largely piano led.
Runaway leaves the soppiness behind, and is a fast paced song, with crashing drums, thrashing guitar and an almost shouty tone. The lyrics here are a lot less gentlemanly, with Mars talking about pulling a girl in a club, with the lyrics ' I aint tryna hurt you, I just wanna work you.' I wonder if this song would have made people think twice about those facebook groups , but I have to admit to finding it an incredibly enjoyable and catchy song, albeit one that seemed to finish a little abruptly.
Taking a step in the direction of pure cheese , we have Marry You. This is by no stretch of the imagination that best song on the album, or even one of the best . In fact, in terms of lyric content, and musical direction I'd say it is probably one of the weaker tracks, but in terms of sheer silliness, it's a very endearing track , and another one thats been picked up by the Glee cast for a makeover, making it, if anything, more cheesy than ever . The chorus repeats often, and I found myself quite happily singing along with the 'Don't say no, no, no, no-no; Just say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah; And we'll go, go, go, go-go. If you're ready, like I'm ready.' It's a song about getting drunk, and getting hitched in a wedding chapel, without worrying about tomorrow.
The last track I'm going to focus on is Count on Me - a very simple guitar led song about friendship. This particular song is the one that I think really begins to show hints of Bruno's Hawaiin upbringing, with there being just a tiny hint of Ukelele in the background . This is a song I can really imagine being played around a bonfire on a pristine Hawaiin beach, and the richly honeyed vocals remind me somewhat of the late great Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole singing over the rainbow - there is that same deep, rich, warm tone in the voice, and that same mellow chilled out feeling .
Overall, I really love this album . There isn't a single track I actually disliked, and in fact none that I would describe as unremarkable . Mars demonstrates an ability to tackle different moods and styles of song - from the slow, gentle, chilled out Count on Me to the bass pumping 'Grenade' through the cheesiness of 'Marry You' I honestly enjoyed every moment of listening to this, and found myself joyfully singing along on many occasions.
With so many manufactured, over produced bands in the charts using digital jiggery pokery to make themselves sound good, it's gread to have an album which contains tracks that take a step away from all that nonsense, and just focus on genuine talent .
An exceptional album from a singer that, I suspect, is only just beginning a long and successful career .
Bruno Mars - 6 months ago you'd have been hard-pressed to find someone that had heard of the 25 year old from Hawaii, nowadays it's a different story and Bruno Mars is quickly becoming the biggest new talent since the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna. With guest appearances on tracks by Travie McCoy and B.O.B under his belt, his talents don't just stop with his angelic vocals, Mars has also co-written huge tracks including Right Round by Flo Rida and the recent number one smash F*ck You (Forget You) by Cee-Lo Green. It's safe to say that in Bruno Mars we have a huge new talent to lap up, but does the album reflect that?
The album isn't released in the UK until January 2011, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy from iTunes US.
Just The Way You Are
Our First Time
The Lazy Song
Talking To The Moon
Liquor Store Blues
Count On Me
The Other Side
The album kicks off in a big way, with my personal favourite, Grenade. Grenade speaks of an unrequited love, "I'll catch a grenade for you, you know I'll do anything for you, but you won't do the same" is sang with passion and the mid-tempo beats compliment this supremely. It's the lyrics, however, that really stand out here as Mars clearly sings from the heart on every track, Grenade being no different. The lyrics resonate no end and this is one of the songs on the album that everybody should be able to relate to. The subtle verses build and build into a fantastic crescendo where Mars almost literally sings his heart out. Talking of singing your heart out, Just The Way You Are, the worldwide number one definitely hit's the spot here, in the opposing way that Grenade does. When sung on The X Factor recently, Simon Cowell commented that this is the song all girls wish their boyfriends would write for them - and he couldn't be more right. This is bound to be a modern day valentine classic that breaks the mould by lacking the cheesy or over-sentimental vibe that is usually rife with this type of music.
The sentimental material doesn't stop there - yep, there's more, much more and it's a bit of a mixed bag. Marry You is definitely the lesser of the four evils; it's an upbeat number, something that you'd find on the soundtrack to a very sleazy romantic comedy - not necessarily a bad thing. This is one of the catchiest songs on the album and one that can easily be played on repeat without the need for a tub of pills and a bottle of vodka, whereas Talking To The Moon sounds like something you would listen to while swallowing aforementioned pills. Our First Time sounds strikingly similar to Robin Thicke's irritatingly slow hit Lost Without You, with Mars's lacklustre vocals grating throughout every verse. Count On Me is marginally better, although a bit 'meh' and something you'll probably find yourself skipping if you're not a fan of the quirky Jason Mraz or Damien Rice.
Despite a few dips in quality, Mars's song writing ability is unquestioned here, he's put together a cohesive and fully listenable album that true fans of the genre will adore. Anyone who's more into their bass-heavy R&B may struggle to find something to latch onto here though, which is a shame as if he could have captured a wide audience like that, his career could, and likely would have soured into unprecedented heights. That said, his music is more than capable of appealing to a wide audience - he's got the teen girls sussed with Just The Way You Are, which is just as likely to appeal to their mums as well. Mars even goes down the unexpected route of giving us a bit of reggae and 60s inspired music, which crosses over into a whole other market. Production wise everything is slick and gels together perfectly; even the vast changes in genre not enough to knock this album off its smooth course. All of the production credits go to The Smeezingtons, who, with a little help from Supa Dupz and Needlz, have produced the entire album, which unquestionable is what gives the album that ever-so interrelated and solid feel to it.
In terms of guest stars, Mars gets it oh so right, opting to work with people who are not only relevant in today's market, but are unique in their own specific way. There are a total of three guest stars on the album, on only two songs out of the 10, proving that Mars not only knows his own mind and music, but he knows when a specific musician could add a touch of genius to a song. The guest stars come in the form of the unlikely Damien Marley, son of Bob Marley, Cee-Lo Green and rapper B.O.B. The two songs that these three guest star on are two of the best songs on the album, by a long way. First up is Marley who guests on Liquor Store Blues, the reggae inspired song on the album and undoubtedly one of the most creative and daring. The upbeat song masks the slightly depressing lyrics of alcoholism and homelessness which Mars blends seemingly with the music, with Marley providing suitably catchy vocals which merge with Mar's parts with ease. The Other Side, featuring Cee-Lo Green and B.O.B is the second single to be released from the album and it's easy to see why. The song is catchy from first listen and Green and B.O.B only add to that captivating fashion that is no doubt to become a hit. The song features some of the best lyrics on the entire album and the chorus is far superior to anything you find here. This is one of those songs that you won't necessarily want to listen to repeatedly, however, it's one that remains fresh on every listen and for that simple reason, The Other Side becomes one of the stand out tracks on the album.
Runaway is the most inspired and relevant song on the album. The 60s are back - fact, artists like Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith and Duffy have been experimenting successfully with the genre since around 2007. However, with the release of the Cee-Lo Green smash hit F*ck You (Forget You), it's clear that 60s inspired tracks aren't just for the British public and it's now becoming a global phenomenon. Runaway is one of the most endearing tracks on the album, because lets face it, it shouldn't work, but it does and it works damn well. Mars sounds superb throughout and the up-tempo melody is one that will undoubtedly have you humming along for hours. The Lazy Song is a little more generic, but no less resonate.
Overall this is a fantastic debut album, out of the 10 tracks, there are only 2 tracks that really aren't all that great. Bruno Mars clearly knows his own style and his song writing abilities are unquestioned. Although he's aware of his niche, he's capable and confident enough to experiment with different styles, but with production like this, it all blends together seamlessly and you'll soon find that you've listened to the entire album without even noticing a change in pace.
Bruno Mars is definitely a talent to keep a watchful eye on.