Bruno-Mars-Doo-Wops-Hooligans

Release Date: October 4, 2010

Track Listing

  1. Grenade
  2. Just The Way You Are
  3. Our First Time
  4. Runaway Baby
  5. The Lazy Song
  6. Marry You
  7. Talking to  The Moon
  8. Liquor Store Blues feat. Damian Marley
  9. Count On Me
  10. The Other Side feat. Cee-Lo Green & B.o. B.

Review

Bruno Mars is a familiar name to many having been recently featured on songs by B.o.B. (Nothin On You) and Travie McCoy (Billionaire). He’s not new to industry and before he started appearing as a solo artist he was writing songs for others such as Brandy, Flo-Rida, Cee-Lo Green and the Sugababes.

Doo-Wops and Hooligans is his first full length album and features collaborations with Damian Marley, Cee-Lo Green and B.o.B. The burning question is whether Bruno Mars can mostly stand alone or is he like Akon where the collaborative tracks are better than the individual ones?

This album has one strong thing going for it and that would be the songs are atypical of the Hip-Hop influenced R&B and the more recent Electro styled productions. The songs here range from smooth lover man style (Our First Time), retro sounding Soul (Runaway Baby, Marry You) and Reggae (Liquor Store Blues).

Even though some may fault Bruno Mars for having less of an edge, he shows that he’s pretty versatile and can adapt to different styles. It’s that versatility that makes this different and somewhat fresher sounding than other solo male R&B artists.

I believe that Bruno Mars can definitely stand alone. Many of the songs here are just him doing his thing & it’s pretty damn good stuff. The collaborations are like bonuses to the solo goodness. With that said Doo-Wops and Hooligans was a fairly strong first effort. It may not appeal to those who like the generic, watered down R&B club bangers, but you can’t please everyone.

The only complaint I have about this album is the title. I sensed no hooliganism, but that’s besides the point.