Earlier this month, Bruno Mars dropped “Locked Out Of Heaven” and gave us just a little taste of what might be so unorthodox about his much-anticipated sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox. The catchy first single just oozed Police, something we haven’t exactly come to expect from the former Elvis impersonator and “Grenade” thrower, but Mars’ Sting turned out to be so good that we listened to the song for days straight. Will the rest of the album be so surprising and sweet?
Speaking with VH1’s Carrie Keagan this morning on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live, the ever charming Mars more or less promised as much. He assured that there will “definitely” be something to jam to in “every scenario,” because the album was born from his broad experience working as a producer. “As a producer,” he explains, “I’ve written a lot of songs for a lot of different artists and all different kinds of styles — R&B, hip hop, rock — and I feel like when it’s time for me to do my own personal stuff, everything I’ve ever learned trickles down into my music. Which makes me a little unorthodox.”
Additionally, he says the album is meant to reflect everything he’s learned while performing. “I feel like I have such a better view of what I want to be singing about, and how I want to feel when I’m singing these songs,” he said. “Isn’t that what music should be? It should be free, it should be fun.” We couldn’t agree more.
The above clip is worth watching for the adorable bonus footage of Bruno dancing for Pauly Shore on Totally Pauly in 1990 alone. Check it out!