Bruno Mars covers a special issue of GQ magazine for April 2013 and he looks quite dapper! Sitting with the magazine, Bruno talked about writing songs, his life growing up in Hawaii, and his journey to becoming a success. Talking with GQ‘s Chris Heath, Bruno talked about making each song special. You know how hard it is to write a big song?” Bruno asked Heath.
“That s— is hard, man. It’s so hard to do. Might be one of the hardest things to ever do. I don’t ever want to come out with something safe and get away with ‘It sounds good!’ It’s got to be more than sounding good. The music I like are events. F—— Bohemian Rhapsody is my favorite song—that song’s an event. And that’s what I want to do. I’m sure that shocked the world, that song. Billie Jean shocked the world. Smells Like Teen Spirit. Those songs are events. That guy put everything he got into that, and he meant it.”
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Do not attempt to adjust your monitors. Bruno Mars has released his second video from Unorthodox Jukebox is continuing the trend he started with Locked Out Of Heaven by using filters to make new music videos look like something from past decades. When I Was Your Man is a take on a 1970s performance from a variety show, complete with retro font and camera tricks showing Mars in three different frames as the same time, a technique that was popular during the era of disco.
The video is about as simple as it gets. Mars sits at a piano and belts out the beautiful track of regret and love, with tinted aviator glasses and a glass of scotch acting as his main accessories. A spotlight shows a woman standing on the side of the stage, with the light later revealing that she has left him for good.
The video is uncomplicated, it’s straightforward and it’s all that is necessary for a song like When I Was Your Man. Mars’ latest single is the perfect follow-up to the heavily produced Locked Out of Heaven, showing that he is one of the few artists in mainstream music in 2013 that can invoke overwhelming emotion with just his voice and a piano. Now that’s pretty groovy.
Bruno Mars is set to release his sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox on December 11th, but the record is ready to be spun and enjoyed right now in MUCH’s First Spins (click here to listen). The much anticipated follow up to Mar’s 2010 debut Doo Wops and Hooligans doesn’t disappoint, showing growth and experimentation without losing the emotion and passion Mar’s groundbreaking debut.
Heavily influenced by the decade of Bruno’s childhood, Mars took music cues for Jukebox from artists like Prince, The Police and of course, Michael Jackson. Moonshine features a distinct 1980s sound, borrowing a few layers of backing track from Michael Jackson’s Beat It. While many musicians do their best to emulate the King of Pop with their sound and movements, Mars is one of the few artists since Jackson’s passing who possesses the talent worthy of sampling Jackson (I’m looking at you, Chris Brown).
The singer, songwriter and producer goes for his second reggae infused track in as many albums, this time with the upbeat Show Me, getting it right this time around, unlike with the depressing Liquor Store Blues from Doo Wops.
Mars shows that he hasn’t abandoned his Doo Wop and Hooligans roots, proving his soul is still old and his heart is still bluesy on the album’s final track, If I Knew. Singing about the innocence of love at 17, Mars again shows remorse for events that transpired in his love life, a topic also explored on the album’s standout track When I Was Your Man.
While the disc boasts an incredible line up of producer’s, including Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, fun.), Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse) and Mar’s own production team The Smeezington, the Jukebox is threatened at times to be overshadowed by the numerous layers of instruments and sound effects, possibly a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. When I Was Your Man is reminiscent of the live version of Young Girls Mars performed on SNL and the Victoria Secret runway show, showing that when you take away the who’s who in the music biz, the synthesizers, and the sound effects, Mars is the real deal. Sure, the album sounds great with the wall of sound created by a wish list of producers, but not every song needs that much dressing up. Some sound good just the way they are.
Though his sophomore album doesn’t drop until December 11th, Bruno Mars has released a third song from Unorthodox Jukebox, this time with the track Moonshine. Mars told Capital FM that the song was inspired by a night of drinking, saying “We drank it all night, then headed to the studio – Jeff got on keyboards, Mark starts playing electronic drums that sound like Eighties Prince and I started screaming, ‘Moonshine, take us to the stars!’” I’d put money down that this is the most coherent result of a night of drinking Moonshine.
Moonshine features a distinct 1980s sound, a nod to the decade of Mars’ childhood. Borrowing a few layers of backing track from Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, Mars is one of the first artists with music and talent worthy of the privilege to sample Jackson (I’m looking at you, Chris Brown).
Check out Bruno Mars in Moonshine off his December 11th album Unorthodox Jukebox below.
Bruno Mars has released Young Girls, the second single off his sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox. As the follow up to his high energy track Locked Out of Heaven, Mars first debuted Young Girls during his gig as host and musical guest on SNL this past October.
The album recording of the song features more layers and elements than Mars’ rendition of the track during his SNL performance, with heavy drums, synthesizers and backing vocals. Different, but still great.
Mars’ sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox is set to be released on December 11th.