Gorilla is apparently the fourth single off of Unorthodox Jukebox, and not Moonshine, to my disappointment. But I have to say, the VMA's certainly held Gorilla as it's highlight machine.
Audio for Gorilla.
So Gorilla comes under the pecking order for singles after we've heard the fun, exciting first single of Locked Out of Heaven. Then comes heart-breaking ballad When I Was Your Man and thereafter, the party, 80's-esque theme of Treasure. I guess I would've hoped for a re-release of Moonshine, considering I loved it more than Gorilla, or even Old & Crazy featuring Esperanza Spalding was a better and more obvious choice then this semi-rock, pop escapade love song. However, I never doubted it was a good song, nor claimed to hate it either way. I did listen to the whole album quite a few times, but Gorilla is one I've skipped aplenty. So let's go ahead and jump right into Gorilla.
If you don't know Bruno Mars, or have never heard of him before, then Gorilla might suit you best. But for a trend of Mars' followers, it might be the most unorthodox of singles to be chosen, considering the previous singles were all of big production (When I Was Your Man wasn't big, but was amazing enough to be listed up top), but since Mark Ronson is on it, you don't have to worry a mustache about it. The song starts off with the drum beats hanging over, and instantly Mars' explosive vocals kick-in. As he finishes his line, the drum bass hits a peak, before going subtle and hitting it again. That was a small point won, considering the song's vocals was just on fire, and Mars' obviously outdoing himself time and time again.
You cannot deny how much you love this track once it reaches it's focal point; the devastating, ear-ripping, high-octane vocals just shredding through as Bruno sings with pure infection and solitude. The whole track points at the chorus as it's body of weight, the one that carries the song throughout and does not mess up at any rhythm or time. Though the lyrical content does slow down and often doesn't live up to the strength the song has overall, it doesn't matter as it's the Bruno Mars show, and it's what we came for.
If you haven't seen the VMA performance for Bruno's Gorilla, I recommend you to highly go and watch it. It's pure amazing and it's given me a double take on the song so far. However, it is a good point to note that Bruno doesn't disappoint when it comes to live shows. So get a ticket and a sweater once he arrives to hold a concert.
Originality: 7/10 - Gorillas does add the weighted scale of being oblivious at the start, thus it's approach is something Bruno Mars doesn't cope well with.
Sound: 9/10 - This is Bruno Mars. What more do you ask for? Punchy vocals, explosives and mesmerizing talent spewing right in your face. Just take it.
Lyrics: 7/10 - The song does well enough to put it up atop the scale of being overly-average, yet the lyrics don't provide the serving impetus to really make this single anything more than radio-hip and adequately mainstream.
Overall: 23/30 - Gorillas will give you a good time, no alcohol required. I'll be playing it for days, and as long as this song sees the light of day, it is ensured that this song will be quite a hit.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.