10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For his second full-length, Unorthodox Jukebox, the multifaceted entertainer eschews trends. He follows his unique inner voice on the early hits—which double as the album’s leadoff tracks—“Young Girls” and “Locked Out of Heaven.” Mars showcases his impressive musical range, powerful vocal chops, and innate pop sensibilities throughout, with highlights including a boogie-funk sparkler (“Treasure”), a sorrowful piano ballad (“When I Was Your Man”), a reggae/dub dazzler (“Show Me”), and a doo-wop-inflected burner (“If I Knew”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

For his second full-length, Unorthodox Jukebox, the multifaceted entertainer eschews trends. He follows his unique inner voice on the early hits—which double as the album’s leadoff tracks—“Young Girls” and “Locked Out of Heaven.” Mars showcases his impressive musical range, powerful vocal chops, and innate pop sensibilities throughout, with highlights including a boogie-funk sparkler (“Treasure”), a sorrowful piano ballad (“When I Was Your Man”), a reggae/dub dazzler (“Show Me”), and a doo-wop-inflected burner (“If I Knew”).

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

10639 Ratings

THIS UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX ROCKS!

Broken Headphones,

In only two short years, Bruno Mars has already proven himself as one of the most genuinely talented singer/songwriters in the industry today. With his rich, raspy voice and insanely catchy lyrics, it's no wonder why he's become as popular as he is today. And much like "Doo-Wops & Hooligans", "Unorthodox Jukebox" once again sets the bar incredibly high for Mars and his phenomenal talent at making great music. From the refreshing retro chorus of "Young Girls" to the infectiously funky, innuendo-laden single "Locked Out of Heaven", each song on this album has a distinct personality all its own. Yeah, I know that sounds pretty corny, but it's true. Mars has teamed up with some of the best music producers out there (Benny Blanco, Paul Epworth, Diplo and Mark Ronson, just to name a few) to create one of the most diverse records of the year. From reggae ("Show Me") to blues ("If I Knew"), Bruno lets his emotions loose on a wide variety of classic and modern sounds that mesh surprisingly well with one another. Sure, a lot of the songs focus on Mars' fixation over bad girls, but once he finally slows down the tempo and shows his serious side, that's when "Jukebox" hits its high marks. By far, the darkest song on here is "Natalie", a cautionary tale about the protagonist's plans for revenge on a conniving femme fatale who's taken all his money. But it's the heartbreaking piano ballad "When I Was Your Man" that really steals the show. You can actually feel the pain and raw emotion pouring from Bruno's heartfelt lyrics, making it a modern classic in my book. Despite only boasting a mere ten tracks, "Unorthodox Jukebox" easily stands as one of the year's best albums. Full of raunchy pop tunes, sensitive love songs, and emotional ballads, this confident new collection of tracks may not appeal to everyone, but it's a definite must-buy for any fan of ambitious pop music with random touches of rock, reggae, and soul thrown in for good measure. If this is Bruno Mars at his most creatively daring, I can't wait to see where his career takes him from here.

BRU BRU BABY

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HOOLIGANS STAND UP! Bruno did it again! Unorthodox Jukebox is amazing. Love him and all he does :)

About Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is among the flashiest, most versatile singer/songwriters in post-millennial pop. An all-around entertainer, he also plays multiple instruments, produces, and choreographs. His path to mainstream success was lengthy. After he worked a string of behind-the-scenes jobs, including writing songs for Brandy, singing backup for Sugababes, and impersonating Elvis Presley, he put his name on top of the Billboard Hot 100 by co-writing Flo Rida and Kesha's "Right Round." One year later, he collaborated with rapper B.o.B on "Nothin' on You" and co-wrote Travie McCoy's "Billionaire," both of which became Top Ten hits. Mars used that momentum to launch a solo career and became the first male vocalist in two decades to crack the Top Ten with his first four singles.

Born Peter Hernandez in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mars kicked off his career at the age of four by fronting his uncle's band, becoming Oahu's youngest Elvis impersonator in the process. Ten years later, he was impersonating the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, as part of the Legends in Concert show. After graduating high school in 2003, he took his uncle's advice and moved to California to pursue a music career. He eventually met songwriter Phillip Lawrence, who convinced Mars to try his hand at writing songs for other artists. The two dubbed themselves the Smeezingtons and co-wrote Brandy's "Long Distance." The duo scored their first number one hit in 2009, when they co-authored Flo Rida's international smash "Right Round."

By 2010, Mars seemed to be everywhere: singing alongside B.o.B on the chart-topping "Nothin' on You," co-writing "Billionaire," and collaborating with Cee-Lo Green on the Grammy-nominated hit "F*ck You!" He also began issuing his own material, starting with the May 2010 release of his first EP, It's Better If You Don't Understand. Doo-Wops & Hooligans, his full-length debut, appeared later that year and quickly produced a number one single, "Just the Way You Are." In 2012, Mars both hosted and performed as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live, debuting tracks from his upcoming album.

That album, the genre-jumping effort Unorthodox Jukebox, was released later in the year and featured the lead-off single "Locked Out of Heaven," along with production from Mark Ronson, Diplo, and others. "Locked Out of Heaven" topped the Hot 100, and the album reached number two in the U.S. The second single, "When I Was Your Man," also hit number one. All that success made Mars a natural for one of the world's most prestigious gigs, the half-time show for Super Bowl XLVIII, where he performed with Red Hot Chili Peppers. Unorthodox Jukebox later won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.

The following year, Mars fronted Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk," a song he co-wrote that was among the most popular singles of that year. It topped charts around the globe and took home several Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year. In 2016, Mars returned with another funk-flavored hit, "24K Magic," and its parent album of the same title. ~ David Jeffries & Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Waikiki, HI
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    October 8, 1985

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