From his upcoming Unorthodox Jukebox album (damn, that is hard!), comes the new single LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN. I assure you, this is very unsophisticated.
As always, the official audio (lyrics unreleased. Search up the web if you want to) for the new single can be found here.
LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN, written, produced and created by The Smeezingtons. Who are the Smeezingtons? They consist of Ari Levine, Phillip Lawrence and the one and only, Bruno Mars. Known for their songwriting prowess (BILLIONAIRE, ROCKETEER, LIGHTERS, just to name a few), they come again for Bruno's second album, Unorthodox Jukebox. With LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN, a stamp in the music industry is needed.
With highly successful singles such as JUST THE WAY YOU ARE, GRENADE, THE LAZY SONG and IT WILL RAIN, Bruno Mars was pretty much a no-name to the industry 2 years ago. Right now, he's a pop superstar, selling millions of records and a household name. I am not kidding on that last one.
LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN produces one seemingly distorts itself from some of Bruno Mars' previous works, deterring from the usual sort of pop sound he embarked on. With that said, it featured a very different sound tone and it felt very risky as a first single. On to the song.
The song starts off with what seems like Mark Ronson's voice ('1,2,3'). Well, that is not surprising since he co-produced the song. Talented people at work. The sticks of the drums clap, before Bruno's strained voice kicks in. Not lying, he does seemed he like he had recorded too much for the album and he was really starting to strain his voice. However, I'm not complaining, it's just a little whine. The lyrics go, 'Never had much faith in love or miracles / Never wanna' put my heart on the line / Swimming in your water's something spiritual / I'm bored again every time you spend the night', which goes to 'Cause' your sex takes me to paradise / Yeah your sex takes me to paradise', which kind of stunned me hard. As he mentioned in his live chat, this song was subtly sensual, but the term sex had seemed indefinite to come at such a juncture. That's when the best part comes in.
'Cause you make me feel like / I've been locked out of heaven / For too long / For too long'. Bruno Mars' traditional curtain raiser worked every time, here as well. It was the perfect timing, cut-cross to the song and it made the song feel nothing less than catchy. And being catchy, it stayed on my mind for quite a few hours.
For an artist like Bruno Mars, the originality of the song was the main prowess it contained. Seemingly a mix between The Police and Bruno Mars, people definitely will get mixed up when they hear this song on the radio. With that said, everything else is a pretty good get-go and original.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - Mark Ronson produced it, what more can I say?
SOUND: 9/10 - Other than what sounded like the sirens, I had no doubt in this song after hearing the song repeatedly. It gets stuck in your head, and stuck in your head, and stuck in your head. It just does.
LYRICS: 9/10 - I wasn't disappointed, but rather surprised. Bruno Mars, congratulations for another song well done. I mean, The Smeezingtons to be precise, working very hard for their album Unorthodox Jukebox.
OVERALL: 27/30 - LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN is a radio smash hit. I'm not going to be surprised if it debuts in the top ten of Billboard Hot 100. In fact, I predict it!
Play it for days as it's on My Playlist for sure!
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