10.6.12 - New Music - Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is incapable of making bad music, isn’t he?
This song isn’t destined for the upper reaches of the Hot 100, or at least it doesn’t feel like it. I think that “Locked Out Of Heaven” doesn’t quite have that certain something that a song like “Grenade” did, and thus it won’t be a smash.
Now, having said that, I really like the song. It’s quite the tune, and there’s a lot going on there that is really very good. I love that he is bringing back the Police. Yes, THE POLICE. The minute the track started, I was pretty sure I’d hit the wrong song. That surf rock-tuned guitar mixed with the bass line is more “Roxanne” than anything else. I also love that he added in bits of electronic sounds, just to keep things modern.
Even the slight synths in the background towards the end pull it to a more modern place, though probably not enough for top 40 radio.
While this may not be a super hit, Mars is still on his game musically. I’m very excited for his new album.