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  • Summary: The Hawaiian-born producer's move to making pop music as a solo artist has proven successful, as his new album is an innovative mix of tribal beats, reggae, and club-worthy jams that show his range as a songwriter.
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The Lazy Song
Today I don't feel like doing anything I just wanna lay in my bed Don't feel like picking up my phone, so leave a message at the tone 'Cause today I... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Hooligans proves that this onetime background player makes a pretty solid first banana.
  2. 80
    This fulfilling 10 track album has very few holes, and if this is just a taste of what he has in the vaults for either himself or for other artists, he should be racking up some Grammy's shortly.
  3. Jan 27, 2011
    80
    What makes this a really exciting debut, however, is the Kanye West-style genre-bending on Grenade, The Other Side and Our First Time, which joins the dots between between Michael Jackson and Bob Marley.
  4. As it is, Doo-Wops & Hooligans is an uneven debut that shows why Mars is likeable and popular, but doesn't tap into his full potential as a writer or producer.
  5. Jan 19, 2011
    50
    Mars has quite remarkably extracted themes from every one of those shows [The X-Factor], incorporating each into his debut, from glossy, over-sentimental ballads (Talking To The Moon) to an all-out, shameless dispatching of joy (Marry Song).
  6. Doo-Wops & Hooligans kicks up no fuss, and shortchanges on its promise of both doo-wop and hooliganism.
  7. Dec 21, 2010
    40
    Cutesy lyrics with insipid rhymes like "You can count on me like one, two, three" abound on songs that play out less like a cohesive album and more like no-brainer radio references to Coldplay, U2, Michael Jackson, Sade, Feist and so on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    10
    Very Great album!! One of the best albums of 2010, There is not one song i don't like, great vocals and very enjoyable overall !! Bruno MarsVery Great album!! One of the best albums of 2010, There is not one song i don't like, great vocals and very enjoyable overall !! Bruno Mars has an amazing voice !! Doo-Wops and hooligans is amazing!! Expand
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    10
    Doo-Wops & Hooligans was a very good debut record. Mars knows what the public wants to hear, and that is exactly what he gives us. Now I canDoo-Wops & Hooligans was a very good debut record. Mars knows what the public wants to hear, and that is exactly what he gives us. Now I can just hope he can grow as an artist on his second album. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2010
    10
    one of the best album of the year so far...brilliant lyrics and smart sounds! a power and amazing voice!!! this is real pop and is veryone of the best album of the year so far...brilliant lyrics and smart sounds! a power and amazing voice!!! this is real pop and is very enjoyable, great melodies with a original and awesome touch of his perfect voice!!! Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2017
    8
    Doo-Wops and Hooligans is Bruno's best album. All of the songs don't feel like filler and that's good for it's rather small tracklist. MarryDoo-Wops and Hooligans is Bruno's best album. All of the songs don't feel like filler and that's good for it's rather small tracklist. Marry You has to be my favorite offering on the album. It's fun but still has a cute wholesome message. Grenade and Just The Way You Are, are deep cuts on the album, they are simply written but the message screams at you so loud that you can't help but love it. Overall Bruno is talented, he makes decent music that we'll remember. Expand
  5. Feb 14, 2011
    7
    An 'okay' album. Bruno Mars and his vocals pulled several songs on top of the chart. He knows what people wants to hear and that is how heAn 'okay' album. Bruno Mars and his vocals pulled several songs on top of the chart. He knows what people wants to hear and that is how he relates his music to his audience. Expand
  6. CRL
    Aug 17, 2011
    6
    The lyrics are simple and none of the songs are more than simple pop, but Bruno Mars's soaring voice and catchy rhythms pull this album aboveThe lyrics are simple and none of the songs are more than simple pop, but Bruno Mars's soaring voice and catchy rhythms pull this album above the line of mediocrity and make it a truly enjoyable if not enlightening experience. Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2010
    0
    Bruno mars has his eyes on the charts and only on the charts, he doesnt care about music, and the album itself is horrible, I bought the albumBruno mars has his eyes on the charts and only on the charts, he doesnt care about music, and the album itself is horrible, I bought the album that is now in ashes. This album is horrible, rubbish, the music is so corny, the lyrics have absoloutley no meaning, whatsoever. Expand

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