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Bruno Mars 24k Magic Review

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Released late last year (2016) Bruno Mars returned with his first album in four years titled 24K Magic. Until now, I’ve never been much of a Bruno Mars fans solely down to the fact that I wasn’t into his music style however after the release of his collaboration with famous producer Mark Ronson on ‘Uptown Funk’ my opinions drastically changed. Uptown Funk is without doubt a modern classic, I love its throwback feel and infectious groove! Curious to see if the new album would continue down a similar path, I was delighted to discover a 80s funk and disco vibe to the music yet still very current to today’s music. After listening to the album on a number of occasions since I purchased it, I can honestly say that there isn’t a single track that I don’t like!

The album kicks off with its first single and title track 24K Magic; a track that oozes the same charisma and funky groove that we all loved Uptown Funk for! This is closely followed by ‘Chunky’ which reminds me of song named ‘Baby Be Mine’ from the classic Michael Jackson album ‘Thriller’; go listen to both tracks and you’ll see what I mean! ‘Perm’ goes a little further into time sampling that classic 60s soul sound made famous by the legendary James Brown. The further into the album you dive it becomes evident that Bruno has been heavily influenced by a number of iconic artists from across the decades and incorporated it into his own music.

Up until just a few weeks ago I’d been a stranger to the albums most recent single; a song named ‘That’s What I Like’ and I must say it’s become one of my favourite numbers from the album. A catchy number that’s proved extremely popular across UK radio; it’s perfect to jam along to in the car with its fun and infectious groove.

Thrown into the mix is a selection of slower to mid tempo numbers creating a perfect balance all of which feature that fabulous 70s and 80s sound which travels throughout the album. There’s some cool and calming ballad-esque numbers such as ‘Versace On The Floor’ and ‘Straight Up & Down’ in which Bruno performs to perfection. Completing the track listing is ‘Too Good To Say Goodbye’ which easily could have found itself amongst Mars’ chart topping releases in one of his earlier albums.

24k Magic has received mix reviews since its release; some love it others aren’t as enthusiastic, personally speaking it’s by far my favourite amongst the 3 albums released by Mars. One word that comes to mind when describing the album is a popular expression in today’s society and that is ‘throwback’. The influence of 70s/80s funk works well with a modern twist; it’s fun, it’s different and has great groove! So all in all it’s a winner in my book!

 

Check out 24K Magic today via one of the following links:

AMAZON

HMV

ITUNES

SPOTIFY

Got7 Flightlog: Turbulence Review


In recent months my younger Sister has submerged me into unfamiliar territory within the world of music by introducing me to the world of Kpop. A genre that I never imagined that I’d actually enjoy but I must admit that so far I can’t help but find myself humming the tunes and even picking up the Korean language. One of my introductions was to a group named Got7. Got7 are a group consisting of seven members; 3 rapper and vocalists from Korea, China, Thailand and America formed by JYP Entertainment. My Sister recently purchased a couple of their recent albums and has kindly allowed me to borrow them to write about on my blog.

So first of all I’ve decided to begin with an album named ‘Flightlog: Turbulence’ released just a few months ago in September and is actually the sequel to a previous release ‘Flightlog: Departure’. Interestingly, there’s a running theme of flying between both albums which follows suit in both the packaging and the accompanying music video. The idea of having a theme is completely refreshing and in my opinion much more creative in comparison to the vast majority of UK music. As far as I’m aware Got7 are due to make another comeback in the not so distant future and I can’t help but wonder whether the next album will be continuation of the Flightlog series or something completely different. Somehow, I think most things come in sets of three so perhaps my guess will be correct-we’ll see!

My thoughts on the music? As I touched upon it earlier, never in a million years did I ever imagine myself listening to Kpop music; as you all know I’ve always been a bit of a rock chick yet surprisingly I can’t help but like it. The songs are rather catchy and despite the initial language barrier, I’ve quickly picked up on the lyrics rather quickly. So although there’s the musical aspect; it also encourages the love of learning a new language which makes me sound a little geeky. Moving on……

The album starts off with a track titled Skyway, which gives a fitting introduction to the album; an insight of everything that is yet to come. This is followed by the albums hit single Hard Carry, a firm favourite of Got7 fans. The singles accompanying music video illustrates the Flightlog series’ theme of flying with a new direction in album series; dark and dramatic yet somewhat enticing?

Moving on through its 13 tracks I find myself slipping more and more into the music. Listening to the backing tracks in a number of the songs I feel reminded of Michael Jackson. There’s elements within the music that has a similar vibe to MJ whom I am a big fan of; something that instantly caught my attention on first listen. As a listener I’m immersed in a variety of upbeat numbers as well as number serene ballads. The upbeat numbers are both vibrant and fun perfectly imitating the groups aura and personality. On the other hand it shows a more maturer side to the band featuring a much darker and edgier vibe compared to previous releases. The ballads on the other hand, create a nice balance throughout the album sperodically placed between the more energetic numbers.

Up until now I’ve had little knowledge about Hip-Hop, rap and R&B and probably would never counted myself as fan of such genres. However I can genuinely say that I really love what I’ve heard throughout the entire album and like the balance of both elements; singing and rapping. Each member are given an equal opportunity to shine in each track and unlike in UK bands, each member is celebrated for having their own unique style and stands out for doing so-it’s refreshing!  After browsing through the the album’s accompanying photo book/album notes I was extremely impressed by just how much input Got7 members had in their music. A selection of the songs were personally written by members of the group who were just as actively involved in the production of the album; producing an impressive 11 out of the 13 tracks!

Overall, my first impression of Got7 was most definitely a positive one and I can’t wait to see what they have lined up for their next album! If this one is anything to by, it’s bound to be great! And of course I’ll be taking to ‘Jukebox Rhapsody’ to share my thoughts on it as well as any other future releases. If you’re looking for something a bit different listen to I would totally recommend adding this one to your list! Links on where to purchase a copy are listed below.

As always, let me know your thoughts on the album and what Kpop groups or artists I should check out next and review on my blog!

‘Flightlog: Turbulence’ available from:

Amazon

iTunes/Apple Music