There are so many good aspects to this song that it is hard to even start writing. First off, Bruno Mars is slowly becoming one of my favorite artist out right now. Even though he has yet to offer a full album, he is already showing so much promise. Is is not clear whether the song will be the official second single or if it was just released this week for promotional purposes, but either way Bruno is clearly gearing up the public for a very strong album. The best type of promotion is a good song, and luckily for Bruno he seems to always deliver.
One of the main reasons I love this song is the fact that is has a reggae/island feel to it. I have always been a fan of island music. This is a completely different sound that his first single ‘Just The Way You Are’. Even the subject manner is darker. The self-loathing mid-tempo song features Damian Marley, who makes the song even more authentic with his heavy Jamaican accent. At first I though this was an odd duo, but considering both the feel and subject of the song I think it works out well. It is also an honor for Bruno to work with someone like Damian on his first album. Clearly his talents are being spread and appreciated around the business.
Bruno Mars reminds of Justin Timberlake a little bit. Before you all jump down my throat though, hear me out. One, he writes all of his music and play multiple instruments. He is one of the best male vocalist in the business right now and he doesn’t box himself into a genre. The reason Justin Timberlake is so successful is his ability to change on every track he does, and that he actually plays his music. Its hard to say what genre Justin is because he has tested the waters so many times. I am not saying that Bruno and Justin sound alike, but they have similar artistry.
Every single track that Bruno has done shows off his amazing voice. The chorus of ‘Liquor Store Blues’ comes off so natural, that its hard to imagine a song he couldn’t sing. In every song there is usually a line of section that I fall in love with. The pre-chorus where he sings ’cause my job got me going nowhere…’ is so melodic, and his voice does it justice.
Bruno’s album just went to the top of my list of my list. Luckily we won’t have to wait to long because the album comes out on October 5th. I’m positive that it will be full of hits, but I’m hoping he will continue to dabble with different sounds and genres. With a voice this good it would be a shame to not see all it can do.
What do you think of the song?