12/22: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

From the first time I heard the title track, I knew Bruno’s third album 24K Magic would be something special. But I had no idea what he had in store for us. Bruno pretty much made the album I imagined myself making if I had the time, resources, talent, looks, etc.

24K Magic’s sound is rooted in soul. From the swag of the first single, to the James Brown influence of “Perm”, on down to the current single “Finesse” that seems ripped from the Ralph Tresvant solo playbook. Bruno managed to make the forgotten sounds of yesterday as fresh as 2016 (yes, this album is over a year old) all while retaining everything that made him into the artist giant he is today.

His live performances only help enhance the album’s greatness. Every time I’ve seen him live during this album cycle, I’ve gone back and rewatched him multiple times. Bruno Mars is king right now. I can’t wait to see what he does next.

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