New Review // Bruno Mars
Confession time: ‘Grenade’ is probably my favourite pop single of the last year or so. I love it love it.
Though his debut album is only now seeing light this side of the Atlantic (Doo Wops & Hooligans was released stateside in October), fellow Gleeks will by now be well aware of omnipresent Hawaiian pop mercenary Bruno Mars. Doowops’s lead single ‘Just the Way You Are’ and album track ‘Marry You’ were the showcase tunes on the penultimate pre-Christmas episode – one which, predictably, centered around a wedding. This season has also seen performances of Cee-Lo’s ‘Forget You’ (a.k.a. ‘Fuck You’), co-written by Mars, and Travie McCoy’s ‘Billionaire,’ co-written by and featuring chorus vocals from You Know Who. Clearly he’s got somebody’s ear at Fox, but more importantly he’s caught the ear of the dwindling number of people who still actually pay for their music.
It’s worth point out that Mars didn’t arrive at this point by any conventional route. Much like Lady Gaga, he postponed his career in front of the mic to work behind the scenes as a writer and producer, and carefully chose his moment to kick on as a performer. If he appears to have emerged on the pop scene fully formed, it’s because he has – he’s exactly the type of performer record labels are focusing on more and more these days, which goes a long way towards explaining the huge promotional push he’s been given. However all this would be academic had Mars not the songs to back it up the hype – he does, and he has them in spades.
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