Unorthodox Jukebox by red-hot singer-songwriter Bruno Mars is a versatile mix, with plenty of energetic tracks to get the listener up on their feet in either the club or the gym. According to Yahoo News, the album is already making history by being the fastest selling solo album of the year.
Mars’ originality shines through on provocative tracks like “Gorilla”, “Treasure” and the mega hit “Locked Out of Heaven,” which made history by topping Billboard’s Hot 100, Radio Songs, Digital Songs and On-Demand Songs charts all at the same time. In the tropical-sounding “Show Me”, the Honolulu native seems to be channeling his island roots. But possibly the best song on Unorthodox Jukebox is one of the few ballads, “When I was Your Man.” Though the song has a bluesy feel, Mars delivers what is probably his most passionate performance of the album.
Mars makes the most of his raspy vocals on the fun and very danceable opening track, “Young Girls.” Another song with a great beat is “Natalie”, featuring a complex wall of sound, though it stops short of slightly overproduced but catchy “Money Makes Her Smile.” All of these tracks could fit in well on a running mix.
There is little to criticize about Unorthodox Jukebox. It is a very impressive album, even by the standards Bruno Mars has set for himself. For the most part, it is full of fun, exuberant and sexy tracks that make you want to move.