Bruno Mars embraces a lavish lifestyle on his newest release, 24K Magic. The album, with sounds from ’70s funk to ’90s hip-hop, contains synthesizers, sensuality, and sexism.
...official video of the title track from Bruno Mars's latest album
Even when the tempo drops, this album retains its upbeat sound. Starting out with the funky single “24K Magic,” the album retains its spontaneously silly attitude toward love and luxury throughout ballads and bangers. Mars, possessing talent for hooks and melodies, combines Al Green’s funky crooning with the Backstreet Boys’ falsetto harmonies.
Although this album contains infectious beats, the lyrics are lacking. Never delving deeper than obsession with sexual persuasion or luxury items, Mars comes off as a shallow, misogynistic player. Maybe that was his design, a full immersion into the culture emulated.
After being accused of plagiarism for the single, “Uptown Funk,” this borrowing and sampling of older sounds is an interesting move for Mars. The spontaneity, finesse, and frivolousness is in keeping with older chart toppers like “Treasure” and “Locked Out of Heaven,” and this sound should not come as a surprise from a man who began as an Elvis/Michael Jackson impersonator.
Overall, 24K Magic is a fun album with chart-topping potential, but it doesn’t aspire for anything deeper.
Record: 24K Magic
Artist: Bruno Mars
Label: Atlantic Records
Songs: (1) 24K Magic (2) Chunky (3) Perm (4) That's What I Like (5) Versace on the Floor (6) Straight Up & Down (7) Calling All My Lovelies (8) Finesse (9) Too Good to Say Goodbye