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Bruno Mars, 'Unorthodox Jukebox': Album review

Bruno mars is extremely talented.
The 27-year-old bon at Hawaii answer that question on \"Unorthodox Jukebox,\" his sophomore album which succeeds in mixing its safer stylistic choices with its relatively bold ideas. First single \"Locked Out Of Heaven,\" for instance remains dizzyingly enjoyable, its 80s influences sported proudly like cub scout badges, yet all the \"Oh, YEAH, in the world couldn\'t make the song more than a lightweight affair. But when \"Heaven\" is experienced alongside the uncluttered R&B of \"Moonshine\" and dance floor sucker-punk \"Money Make Her Smile,\" the low stakes are easy to forgive. After the success of \"Doo-Wops & Hooligans,\" Mars should be allowed to cash in with a victory lap, but \"Unorthodox Jukebox\" is proudly living up to its titular rhyme by prodding at different musical ideas. Even when Mars clumsily swings for the fences, the listener has to commend him for picking up the bat.