New Bruno Mars Single, “Locked Out Of Heaven,” is Dope

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If liking Bruno Mars channeling The Police in his new single “Locked Out Of Heaven” is a crime, then consider us guilty as charged.

The Doo-Wops & Hooligans singer released the lead single of his sophomore album title Unorthodox Jukebox today and pleasantly didn’t go back down the retro alley he strutted down in his 2010 debut. Not knocking Bruno down in regards to that brassy genre at all—in fact it idiosyncratically suited his succinct voice and swagger perfectly—but we like that he’s trying his hand musically with other sounds, and keeping us on our toes in the process.

The opening bars are bouncy and upbeat with Bruno’s tenor shining through the funky synth immediately. The track beams with an ‘80s new wave vibe, from the clipped “yeah, yeah”-s that sound like Sting to some of its lyrics which sound like they could be taglines to an imaginary ‘80s movie called Weekend at Bruno’s (“Your sex takes me to paradise”).

It’s the first glimpse into what he’s been working on this past year, a 2012 that’s been relatively quiet for the pop singer. Unorthodox Jukebox has a release date of December 11, and features collaborations with producers Mark Ronson and Jeff Bhasker, but no guest vocals.

Bruno will not only be making his return to television with a performance of “Locked Out Of Heaven” for the first time on “Saturday Night Live”…he’ll be hosting it too.
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