Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox

Before the creation of Bruno Mars came the birth of Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985. At an early age Mars performed in music venues throughout his hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii. Similar to many inspiring artists, Mars made the move to Los Angeles after graduating from high school. Despite a sour record deal with Motown Records followed by a partnership with Atlantic in 2009, Bruno’s talent as a solo act earned recognition due to the sound of his voice on the musical tracks of others (“Billionaire” Travie McCoy). The talent didn’t end there with the addition of co-writing songs (“Right Round” by Flo Rida) and playing instruments (drums, guitar, keyboard, etc.)

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Unorthodox Jukebox was released on December 11, 2012 as the second studio album of the singer. Its debut at number two on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 was recognized as the fastest selling album by a solo act in 2012. Unorthodox Jukebox strayed from your typical pop album considering it showcased the influences of r&b, soul, and rock. Out of all tracks in the album, my favorites would have to be “Locked Out of Heaven,” “When I Was Your Man,” and “Young Girls.”

“Locked out of Heaven” was the first single that debuted at number one in the US before the release of the album. The repetitive oohs, aahs, and yeahs enable its attachment to listeners, it’s catchy. I’m not a fan of songs that discuss sex in vulgar terms or objectify women solely in terms of physical acts. Ironically this song basically talks about a man that finds heaven or paradise only within the body of a woman. I like how Mars romanticizes intimacy as opposed to the traditional lyrics of drugs, alcohol, strippers, and sex positions. “When I Was Your Man” is a ballad voicing the mistakes of a man that triggers the loss of a woman he loves. Ultimately now the man must play the part of a bystander as his ex is embraced by another. Let’s just say it’s a tearjerker that gives examples of what one should do. As for “Young Girls” the theme of the influence of women carries through. Basically he is at the mercy of women and the possibility of love. Unfortunately the price to pay involves a thick wallet and a car in order to impress. What can be learned from Unorthodox Jukebox lies in the complexity of love, women, and relationships. Love is such a phenomenon that thousands of song interpretations can’t define it. However Mars tries and certainly in my perspective succeeds. 

Locked Out of Heaven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-fA-gBCkj0

Young Girls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyM5AjiZris

When I Was Your Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekzHIouo8Q4

K Serrano

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