Coming hot on the heels of his surprisingly successful gig hosting Saturday Night Live, singer, songwriter, and producer Bruno Mars offers an album's worth of swerves on the aptly titled Unorthodox Jukebox. Expect the unexpected as pop, rock, hip-hop, and sweet old soul all figure into this genre-jumping effort, which was previewed by the single "Locked Out of Heaven." Production comes from the likes of Mark Ronson, Diplo, and Mars' own crew, the Smeezingtons.
Rolling Stone (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e infuses his songs with old-fashioned crooning as classily antique as his wide-brimmed fedora....A record that makes the competition sound sad and idea-starved by comparison."
Entertainment Weekly (p.70) - "Old-school charm still gets Mars the furthers, and the best thing here is the classic torch song 'When I Was Your Man'..." -- Grade: A-
Billboard (p.48) - ""Boldly ambitious and gloriously irreverent, UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX is made for -- and gets better with -- as many repeat plays as you can manage."
Paste (magazine) - "Mars still plays the sweetheart card well, but he's proven himself way more interesting as a badass."