“Other Worldly”: Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” My Pick For 2013 Album of the Year

ImageImageImage“You bring me to my knees, you make me testify”- Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven”

Bruno Mars earned the option to retire early in 2013. This is largely because he is not the same artist with an intergalactic surname that arrived on the music scene earlier this millennium. Sure he had a few smash hits like “Grenade”, but 2013 was an unequivocal game changer for Bruno

His major release, “Unorthodox Jukebox” was a staple on the charts for most of the year with songs and completed his metamorphosis from a “Soft Rock” friendly artist to an edgy, gritty, 2am party playlist type of character. The album is everything, all at the same time. Here are a few adjectives that come to mind when looking to describe the tracks on this album: Sexy, raunchy, enigmatic, old school, eclectic, groovy, raw, and visceral.

The hits released off of this album, reached heights normally reserved for bands like Train, who seemingly only release award-winning mega hits. The first single off the album, “Locked Out of Heaven”, which if I remember correctly, he debuted on Saturday Night Live, was an homage to Sting and The Police, and a song I still play all the time. I mean Sting actually performed the song with Mars on an awards show, giving him his blessing that Bruno was doing justice to Sting’s iconic band…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldK5VJwTSrk.

That’s just the proverbial tip of the proverbial iceberg too, this album is a masterpiece of modern music of the current generation, not only because the songs are fantastic, but because they bridge the gap between past and present. You can tell how much respect Mars has for his predecessors, and the inspirations behind songs like “Treasure”, and what in my opinion is the power ballad for the ages in “Gorilla”. “Gorilla” is the song everyone will eagerly anticipate as the encore at all his shows, it is the new “Freebird”. This is because Mars refuses to pull any punches on the track.

You could tell that he wanted to take his career to a new level, and he succeeded. The album is inspired on many levels, it proved that greatness still exists in the industry, and it made the genre more appealing to the masses as the success of this album and its iconic, instant-classic songs, earned him a spot in the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show. His music could probably tranquilize Richard Sherman.

This is the best album of the year, the songs on it will be in the rotation on just about every radio station for years to come due their staying power, can the same be said about “Call Me Maybe”? I would say no. So go to a party, have a friend over, attend a soccer game, and while you do, maybe when you’re driving their in your car, listen to the songs Bruno Mars has written for you, because you don’t always find this type of quality on Earth.


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