If you have not heard the not so new Bruno Mars album that came out November 16, 2016 where the hell have you been? My children were here in Dallas during the holidays and when I heard the first release 24K Magic I was hooked. It’s not as if Bruno has ever disappointed us, EVER! Doo Wops & Hooligans was a great body of work. Big Hits were Just the Way You Are and Grenade. His second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, gave us Locked out of Heaven and If I Was Your Man. He also provided vocals on Uptown Funk a mega hit and karaoke night classic. This album is no different.
24K Magic is the songs lead track and album title. The beginning of the track will take you back to Roger & Zapp if your old enough or Teddy Riley and Guy… Still too young I can’t help you. Ask your mom and dad.My favorite lyric is Ima dangerous man with some money in my pocket, keep up, so many pretty girls around me and they waking up the rocket. This song is fun, cool, and will get any party started.
Calling All My Lovelies is so much fun. The harmonies blend like the spices in a New Orleans Gumbo. Mars makes me laugh by telling us he has all the Isha’s waiting on him. The track is smooth and has a space aged vibe. The high note is beautiful and effortless.
Finesse is another A1 hit. The track reminds you of the New Jack Swing days when we all wore overalls and airbrushed shirts. It also has that BBD feel. I promise I am 16 again and grooving at a teen club. Thank you Sir Mars.
Versace on the Floor starts so slow and pretty; what a love song. Then he starts digging in about getting busy. This one sounds like something Michael Jackson would have killed. For me it’s Target panties on the floor but hey we all have to live within our means.
Straight Up & Down is a mid tempo hit that makes me wanna ride to the drive in with my man with the sunroof open and a nice breeze. The background vocals on the song again are 3 part harmonies that make you think a barbershop quartet is backing him. This is another one that brings me back to the 90s. A real groove that showcases the music and his voice. It has a hip hop break down that will have everyone doing the wop. My favorite lyric on this one is fellas grab yo lady if yo lady fine. Makes me think if she is ugly walk away from her.
Perm is a fast track that reminds me of a James Brown cut. His energy is off the hook. When that JB bass line comes in you can’t help but move your body. My favorite lyric is Don’t be stingy with your big ole butt. Cause I can’t stand stingy big booty people. This is another fun one that tells you to get your attitude together by throwing some perm on that mess. Bruno knows all about activating that perm because he has a relaxer most times. Activate your attitude like that perm activates those naps in your head. I agree Mr. Mars.
Chunky is another fun upbeat joint. As soon as it comes on I am snapping and moving back and forth. Shaking my thang or lack thereof. Even though it’s a fun song he sings the crap on the hook and uses those pipes to hit a stellar high note. The ad libs or licks as vocalist call them on this are perfection. I could only wish all artists would sing the mess out of a party song. This only happens with a Bruno hit.
Too Good to say Goodbye feels like an ode to my hometown native Babyface. So to find out he worked on this song was no surprise. I can see him sitting on a stool wearing all black with one pin curl in the front of his hair. On the first verse even his inflection on I pray it’s never too late is vintage Kenneth Edmonds. The track is captivating and draws you in throughout the song. It also reminds me of the New Edition sound.
That’s What I Like is my absolute favorite on the project. This one is upbeat and one to snap too. He is telling the girl that everything he provides her with are things that he likes.This one also is a throwback 90s with the lyrics I will never make a promise that I can’t keep. Again those ad libs, Lawd Have Mercy.
This album is pure perfection. Not since Usher’s Confessions album in 2004 have I heard a solid R&B/Pop album. Why did it take me so long to do the album review? I have been listening to this album non stop for a month and it deserves one. From December to January I only listened to 24K but then I started listening to the full album and couldn’t stop. Again the only full album I have listened to and never skipped any cuts was Confessions. It has been 13 years since we’ve had music this good! We have Peter Gene Hernandez to thank.
This came right on time. I’m celebrating my 40th bday in a month and the party has a 90’s theme. I am all things 90’s, the shows, the music and the clothes. My DJ already knows 24K Magic will be on top of the crates. I already have my tickets for the 24K Magic Tour October 27,2017.