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Stylish Summer sounds -- perfect for Winter!,
This review is from: Doo-Wops and Hooligans (Audio CD)
Having heard little bits of Hawaiian-born American singer Bruno Mars here and there on Youtube (enough to remember him), I saw this in the supermarket today and took a gamble on it. Glad I did! ... It's not my usual thing (I'm more into Ska, Rock and Indie), but I took an instant warm to "Doo-Wops and Hooligans".
I suppose, given his LA/Hawaii roots, his musical style is somewhat understandable: from the first track, my room filled with an uplifting (and stylish) mixture of breezy, summery pop (lightly influenced by cool, urban reggae -- though it's more pop than anything). Bruno's soft (lightly falsetto) voice is perfectly matched with his cool-beats and Caribbean-toned music. It feels like you should be listening to this on a hammock with a glass of coconut juice and crashing waves beside you ))
The songs are a blissful mixture of sunny romantic ballads and lazy chillout tracks. Personal highlights, are the addictive opener "Grenade" the appropriately titled (and infectiously inspirational) toe-tapper "The Lazy Song" ("Today I don't feel like doing any-thing...") and the moving "Count on Me". That said, though, there isn't any really any filler on the album: due to the style it's just perfect for kicking off your shoes and lying down with a of cuppa ))! My only ("slight") niggle, is that track 2 "Just The Way You Are" sounds very similar to Alicia Keys "Doesn't Mean Anything" (Element of Freedom). So close as to be little more than a complete rip-off!....(Search out the mash-ups online, they fit almost perfectly!)
Quibble aside you can't really go wrong with this album. If you like lazy, chilled-out, uplifting music go out and get it -- it's the perfect tonic for all those blue, wintry days.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2011 12:09:58 GMT
I'm confused, how can there be so many reviews from earlier this year when this album was only released today??
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2011 07:25:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Nov 2011 07:25:48 GMT
It's the special edition (red cover) with bonus tracks that you are talking about. The original version (yellow cover) was released in January.
Posted on 1 Jun 2012 01:50:58 BDT
Ant B says:
The beat does sound similar to the Alicia Keys song but, it was, as far as I am aware, available before her song.
Alicia Keys song: Released September 22, 2009
Bruno Mars song: Released July 20, 2009
Maybe she is ripping his song off? :P
Probably just a coincidence.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2012 20:21:49 GMT
I just checked and it was released July 20th 2010? Not 2009.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2012 23:00:09 GMT
Ant B says:
That's odd, it said 2009 when I checked on Wikipedia (I copied and pasted it) lol, looks like it's been changed, oh well :D
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 16:14:27 GMT
Perhaps the tune is from an older record and they both ripped it off? I dunno, I just knew I'd had the Alicia Keys album a while before this came out so your comment baffled me when I read it! :/
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