Bruno Mars was riding high when his first album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, was released in late 2010. He was also writing songs as part of the successful production team the Smeezingtons, and doing some hook singing (for huge hits by Travie McCoy and B.o.B.), Mars seemed to dominate the radio and charts. Indeed, the first single from the album, the lushly romantic "Just the Way You Are," was topping the singles chart. For the album, Mars worked with a large team of songwriters and producers, but still managed to come up with a record that sounds like it was written and recorded on a warm, sleepy summer Sunday afternoon. The intimate and relaxed feel can be traced to two factors; one, Mars mostly played all the instruments himself, and two, his voice is the kind of smooth instrument that slips into your ear like honey. Most of the tracks on Doo-Wops capture this laid-back groove, especially "The Lazy Song" and the reggaefied midnight love jam "Our First Time." Mars barely raises a sweat on these tracks, cruising in low gear but with a very likeable style. It's not very deep and it's not poetry, but sweetly played and sung songs like "Count on Me" or "Just the Way You Are" project a cuddly image and will melt hearts from tweens to old folks. The only glimpse of Mars as something more than an innocuous charmer is on the song that ends the album. "The Other Side" features Cee Lo Green and B.o.B. and has the most complicated melody, and the best production and singing; it sounds like the only song that Mars truly invested with some soul and grit. It was also recorded way before the rest of the album, and featured on the EP that came out earlier in 2010. It points to a direction Mars could have taken with the album but didn't. ~ Tim Sendra
Entertainment Weekly (p.83) - "'Grenade' and 'Runaway Baby' are immediate stylistic standouts." -- Grade: B+
I brought this cd, and listened to it as soon as i got in the car from buying it. after listening to the first few songs i couldn't part and had to listen to the rest of the songs. I loved the catchy songs which were all songs that you could keep on repeat for hours before getting bored. highly reccomended.
I love this cd !!!! Every song on it is great ,this man has a wicked voice. My fave song on this is THE LAZY SONG love it so much... my kids sing along to it and music vid for it is priceless ....you have to see it if you havnt buy this cd if you like bruno because its .....its hard to put into words it makes you wanna dance,cry,shout,sing and if you like him you'll love this.....
Yeah not bad compared to the rest of the trash we hear on our radios today. Bruno Mars has a amazing, sweet voice that really puts other living male pop artists to shame. However I think it is his voice that charms us to think that his songs are actually good. Unfortunately, when one scratches the surface, they realise that they are filled with drum loops, synths and soppy and unoriginal lyrics. Okay to listen to on the radio, but not worth buying.
An incredibly heart felt album from an upcoming new and talented young artist who captivates audiences through his amazing music which can be reflected on the young people of todays society. Everysong says something new and is an album definitely worth buying
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