Bruno Mars returns with a second album which, while continuing very much in the same vein as the first, sounds altogether more accomplished.
The Motown, early 80’s pop and soul influences found on Doo Wops and Hooligans feature here too, but with more depth and polish than before. Treasure in particular shines, with its Michael Jackson, Off The Wall-era funkiness,
All well and good then, but not exactly unorthodox. Until you pay more attention to the lyrics. Sometimes bizarre, often explicit and occasionally both, as in Gorilla which offers a fascinating insight into the life of primates you won’t find in an Attenborough documentary.
All of which gives a sharp, smart pop record an edge that I can’t decide whether is refreshing and intriguing or just a bit odd.