It's that voice that grabs your attention in the beginning. The sweet sound with a bit of a street edge in Bruno Mars' singing is at the heart of B.o.B.'s massive #1 hit "Nothin' On You" as well as Travie McCoy's smash in progress "Billionaire." Now a four song EP has been pushed out quickly to capitalize on interest in this upcoming serious talent. Fortunately, these songs more than uphold the promise he has shown on the guest appearances. Almost any serious pop fan will find a lot to like here.
Emerging Into the Spotlight
Bruno Mars' star is rising fast in pop circles. He had a first taste of the top of the charts as a co-writer on Flo Rida's hit "Right Round." Recently he was back at the top as guest vocalist on B.o.B.'s breakthrough #1 "Nothin' On You." Bruno Mars has also shown up with guest vocals on another top 10 pop hit in the making, Travie McCoy's "Billionaire." Let us also not forget that he is part of the rising production team the Smeezingtons. It's a great time for Bruno Mars to step forward as an artist in his own right.
Variety In Only Four Songs
There may be only four songs here, but they cover a quite wide range of pop pleasure. "Somewhere in Brooklyn" is a romantic croon that will appeal to anyone who took "Nothin' On You" to their heart. A simple electronic backing supports the sweet but never cloying vocals. "The Other Side" is a soulful amusement park ride of track with Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo along for the ride. Crank this one up all summer long. "Count On Me" tries on the laidback sunsplashed singer-songwriter vibe and it works, too. There is a dreamy wistfulness here that is irresistible. The closing song "Talking to the Moon" is possibly the weakest simply because the heavy production threatens to overwhelm the centerpiece of Bruno Mars' singing. It is a big power ballad that would work well from the stage.
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Stardom Is Deserved
With justice in the pop music world, this is the music that should be on your radio. The soundtrack for summer pop in 2010 is already getting crowded, but make space for Bruno Mars. "Somewhere in Brooklyn" and "Count On Me" are perfect for summer days while "The Other Side" will take you into the night. A full-length album from Bruno Mars will be eagerly awaited.
Released May 2010 by Elektra