Our guy Bruno Mars does it yet again. His new album 24K Magic is the truth.
The opener and title song “24K Magic” of the third Bruno Mars album is indeed a synthesis of “Uptown Funk”, but honestly, why should the American deviate from the formula that has produced the most successful pop song of recent years?
Right off the bat, the title track kicks off the album with a bouncy groove relying more on synthesizers and electronic drums than bar band instruments. As he telegraphed with his performance at the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show, the album is influenced more by the ’80s boom of rap and funk bands like Zapp, The Gap Band and Dazz Band. “Chunky” plays out like a slowed-down version of “Treasure” that goes better with top-down cruising thanks to its hints of west coast g funk. “Perm” is Bruno doing his best James Brown impression with tight drums, horns, scratching guitars and a groove worthy of the dance line on Soul Train. Bruno also dips outside the decade, with “Finesse” being the best Bobby Brown song that Bobby Brown never made thanks to the New Jack Swing drums and background melodies.
The album itself gives us a Michael Jackson , James Brown with that feel good 90s R&B era sound.
All in all I think each song is tastefully done and thoroughly enjoyed my 9 tracks/ 33ish minutes of pure Bruno bilss. Go get the album. It’ll make an excellent early Christmas gift.