Here goes nothing.
First off, let me just ask this: Have you heard “Locked out of Heaven” yet? If you haven’t, please do so now! This will only help you understand my review more (hopefully). Here’s the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-fA-gBCkj0. Seriously. Do it. Thank me later.
Once you have listened, or for those of you who have already heard it before, please tell me that you also heard the uncanny resemblance/influence by The Police. AMIRITE?? If you don’t agree, thats fine, but I just cannot hear this song without thinking “Roxanne, put on the red light!!” It just screams Sting! it has this awesome, old school, funky kind of feeling that is so refreshing in a constant radio playlist of house music, dub step, and Ke$ha. From the moment I heard this song, I was singing it, dancing it, but most of all, talking about it. This is what music does to you people! That gift I was talking about, this is it. Music should move you, both physically and emotionally. This song just makes me feel good. Whoever influence the writer of this song, THANK YOU! And congrats on the skills. Awesome.
One of the conversations I had about this song was with my boyfriend, a fellow musician. He sensed my excitement and decided to check out the song, as well as the rest of the album. Boy, did I get even more excited! Lemme tell you something people, if one minute and thirty seconds of a song once through is enough to get you to buy the song, it’s worth it. Listen to your gut feeling, and you’ll know whether or not you like it from the beginning. Just to give you guys a taste of each song, I’m going to go through each song and rate them on a scale of 1-5, 5 being mind blowingly awesome!
1. “Young Girls”
Ok, so remember that first gut reaction? When I heard this song my gut told me “eh” but I gave it a few tries before I made my official decision on how I felt about it. Now that I have, I can only say that this song does not deserve to be a single. To me, this song does not do justice to the rest of the album, which is so fantastic. It’s repetitive, the lyrics are boring and unimaginative, it’s not fast enough to be a dance song, yet not slow enough to be a ballad. It just kind of exists, and frankly, I can live without it. One of only two songs from the entire album I didn’t care to keep for music collection. 2 out of 5 stars.
2. “Locked out of Heaven”
Did you read the beginning of this post? Ok, good. Really, the only complaint I have is that during build up of the chorus you have that typical dancing music “whooping” sounds (sorry for not knowing the correct word). This is not because I hate that kind of music because I don’t, but it just seems extra. The song is perfect because it is not the same dance song you’ve been hearing for the last few years. It’s different, and to add those electronic sounds seems a bit conformist to me. But it doesn’t change how I feel about the song, I just thought it could do without. P.S. Sting and/or members of the former band The Police, if you don’t cover this song or request a duet with Mr. Mars, you are doing our generation a GREAT disservice. PLEASE. 5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: this one is not appropriate for all ages, around conservative parents, grandparents, or at work. While many of Bruno’s other songs deal with sexual references, this one uses metaphors that are much more obvious and obscene, as well as cursing and other heavy material. For this reason, this song has earned its “explicit” stamp. If you’re away from any of the aforementioned parties, or particularly if you’re with that special someone, turn this one up and have at it, baby!! This song is the quintessential “baby maker”, and deserves to be in the same playlist as Trey Songz and Sade (don’t pretend you don’t already have one. That’s what I thought). This song is not just sexy, but it’s motivating. The build up to the end has got to be a metaphor for the act itself. It’s euphoric, daring, and animalistic, as the title suggests. It’s HOT! 4 out of 5 stars.
Without a doubt, one of my top three favorite songs, if not my favorite of the entire album. It’s fun, it’s dancey, it’s old school, and it sounds like Michael Jackson. And who doesn’t love a little MJ? This song transports me to a time where I wish I could’ve existed. I need an afro and some bell bottoms. I have to take breaks from writing this review just to dance because it is that intoxicating. This does not sound like it is from this era, AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! 6 OUT OF 5 STARS!!!!!! (is that allowed? Whatever, it’s MY blog!) **PS, this song also has an explicit stamp. It is ONLY because of the MF bomb at the very beginning of the song. Kind of unfortunate because the song is exquisite and otherwise appropriate for any age!!
Another flashback of a time when music was beautifully and artfully written. Moonshine is somewhat ethereal and intoxicating, perhaps which is why it’s called Moonshine. I actually haven’t been able to really figure out if Moonshine is a metaphor or nickname for a love interest, or if he is really just loves drinking Moonshine. Either/or, the song transports you and take us “to that special place” that Bruno talks about in the song. Musically speaking, it’s just great. Just when you think you know what’s coming, it surprises you with a delicious chord change (ahem, excuse the music geek). Just listen to it. 5 out of 5 stars.
7. “When I Was Your Man”
This song is the typical “I’m sorry” song about the one who got away. It’s intimate and bluesy, with just his vocals and a piano. Many of you guys may be able to relate to this song if you didn’t necessarily treat one of your girls as well as you should have and (hopefully) regret it and realize the wrong in your ways. And as far as us ladies, for me, it reminded me of my ex who wronged me. But for once, I don’t want to punch him in the face. Hearing this kind of song makes you wonder whether he feels the same, and if he does, I’m glad he realized what he did was wrong, and that I’ve moved on to someone who treats me right, and that I’m finally happy 🙂 4 out of 5 stars.
REVENGE is the name of the game for this one. Bruno is PISSED, and all because of a little trick named Natalie who ran off with all his money. He’s not just pissed, but he’s willing to go to jail for crimes committed against this woman. It’s serious, ladies and gentlemen. It’s an energetic song with a really cool rhythm section, where Bruno belts out his frustrations to the world. This is the only song that I listened to the preview and didn’t like it at first. The reason for this is because the chorus standing on its own is not great because it needs the build up and background of the verses to really sell it. While it’s not one of my favorites of the album, it’s worth listening to and who knows? Maybe some of you will be able to identify with this song (I hope not). This is the kind of song I might listen to if I was really mad at someone and was going to a kickboxing class to let out my own frustrations. 3 out of 5 stars.
8. “Show me”
I will give you all three guesses as to what genre this song is. I don’t know about you, but I would not have guessed that Bruno would have dipped in the the waters of Reggae. Ya mon, Reggae! Picture yourself lighting up on the Jamaican shore as the sun is setting and the bonfires are growing. You meet up with someone you’ve always had some sexual tension with, and tonight is theeeeee night. There you have it, my friends. It’s interesting and totally unexpected. Props to you Bruno Marsley. 3 out of 5 stars.
9. “Money Make Her Smile”
Aspiring exotic dancers, ladies of the night, and the men who love them: this is your anthem, mainly because it’s about a stripper. Or just strippers in general. To be honest, I’m not totally in love with this song. I kind of only vaguely like it. I keep replaying it and thinking, “Wait do I like this song or not?” That is the tell tale sign that you’re not in love with the song. It does, however, have tremendous potential to actually be played as a stripper’s entrance song or whatever it is they do, or as a good song to add to the soundtrack of a movie that includes strippers. Other than that, the song itself doesn’t do that much for me. And honestly the little “give it what you got” sample in the chorus kind of annoys me. This is the only other song from the album I did not keep 2 out of 5 stars.
10. “If I Knew”
Helloooo Righteous Brothers! Another oldie sounding goodie. It’s jazzy, soulful, and just delicious. It seems in this song that Bruno has just found out that someone he has known since he was young is in love with him, and probably has been for a long time. He’s probably done some things she doesn’t approve of and he wishes he would have known sooner to be able to give her everything she wanted before he was “corrupted”, however you want to take that. It pulls at your heart strings and I can feel myself sitting in a dark, smokey piano bar listening to the blues singer pouring out his heart about a girl that was under his nose the whole time that he can now never have. 4 out of 5 stars.
That’s (finally) it, folks. The album as a whole gets 4.5 out of 5 stars. It’s new while still keeping it old school, and just a delicious breath of fresh air. I really hope you enjoy the album as much as I do! To purchase the music, here is the link to iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/unorthodox-jukebox/id573962245
Keep on listening…