Suddenly, there goes your love out of the window. OUT.
Music video for When I Was Your Man.
Bruno Mars - the well-known music charmer, comes again with Unorthodox Jukebox jumping out last year, rejoining the pop meta-game and there goes the re-ignition of his fame. But what will carry on - his name, or the success of his singles?
In his previous album, Doo-Wops And Hooligans, there were plenty of successful singles. Namely, Just The Way You Are, Grenade, The Lazy Song and Marry You. Off-album, he has done songs with artists like Eminem, B.o.B, Travie McCoy, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. To say his fame is high and mighty, is correct to a certain degree, and thus his new album more than clears the air and signifies his pop reign still, with the recent single, Locked Out Of Heaven, easily peaking at number one of the Billboard chart.
As people have answered their own question; if Bruno's fame hadn't reached a certain threshold, will his songs still gain recognition? Furthermore, with a very daring approach to the current pop meta with songs that flush in and out regularly, Unorthodox Jukebox is the kind of album you'd want last on your wish list. However, Bruno does it so beautifully crafted, that it is partially enjoyable, yet satisfactionally rigged. Though agreed, as Bruno had shown his true side with Jukebox being his first album, he would never gain the fame that will eventually shoot him to worldwide fame.
So back to the music. And yes, when I first heard it right after Moonshine on Jukebox, it felt like magic. We all know Bruno's talents in singing - the direction, the voice, the songwriting - they just gush up together so strongly that When I Was Your Man, the real Bruno didn't show up. Don't get me wrong, I mean the 'he' in the song, as he lets slip the woman that he loves.
And what I never doubted wrong was Bruno's ability to craft the song. Following the epic journey of the first one, this single is a great turnaround and exceptional that hits not only the radio, but also hits the heart. It is so true and relevant, proving that Bruno's competition is still hanging on thin air as his opponents drop down the grapevine. The songwriting skills were all showcased onto a platter, delivered and served with grief as he tells about his mistakes, showing remorse and hoping the girl returns to him.
We all know what happens next, but what I didn't expect was that high emotional breakthrough when he sings the chorus. One of my favourite songs off the album, the lyrics show true intent and we can feel the sadness as it is being lifted onto us listeners. We feel for him, and only a true artist can do that. When the last chorus comes up, we all sang it. And the lines changed. That was the moment where I felt like this was the song that really changed my perception of Bruno. Though it is not much, it solidified my number 1 position of Bruno Mars' singles. The best Bruno Mars song ever made, and this is just the beginning of a roller-coaster luxury.
Although it hurts, I'll be the first to say that, I was wrong-oh; Oh, I know I'm probably much too late; To try and apologize for my mistakes; But I want you to know-oh - Bruno Mars
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - Bruno Mars hits the peak. And he is still going.
SOUND: 9/10 - The piano and the raw talent here is just a cold case meltdown, done so engagingly well.
LYRICS: 9/10 - It's a sad song. Very very sad song. Emotionally impressive.
OVERALL: 27/30 - Kudos to Bruno Mars for another well made single, and to do one so beautifully well that is not only made for radio, but something with great sense, pleasure to listen to and to feel the song inside out. Play it for days guys, and let's hope it does justice in whatever way possible.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.