A set of agreeable smooth Pop
Artiste: Bruno Mars
Album: Doo Wops & Hooligans
Reviewer: John K. Abimanyi
Bruno Mars, after lending his vocal talents to the perfection of other musicians’ chart topping hits like Nothing on You and Billionaire, now decides to sail the sea all by himself. And the result is a very agreeable Pop album that will not exactly get you out of your seat screaming but one that will serve up to your Pop music expectations of smooth ballads with little or no mechanical interruptions.
The CD is produced in a way that gives Bruno room enough to exhibit his vocal range, to take you on a waving tour of his near sweet voice that at times leaves you suspended in air after a sudden rise. His voice sounds all so innocent and smooth lined. When added to the content of his lyrics, which many a time aims at praising a girl into a near Cinderella stupor with many little sweet nothings, comes up with the perfect heart-wooing combination. “I’d catch a grenade for you…take a bullet straight through my brain…but you won’t do the same,” he cries on Grenade.
It features chart topping Just the Way You Are, a song that could win you over from the onset with its introductory vocal dosage. But don’t be kidded, Bruno gets even better on songs like The Lazy Song, Talking to the Moon, and Count on Me. As for Count on Me, play this song out for a girl only if you want a kiss next. Liquor Store that features Damian Marley is relaxing slow reggae that also comes with catchy guitar solos at the bridge.
It’s hard to fault Bruno on his first album. This project marks a late introduction to that list of few attempts at restoring the face good-old-Pop.