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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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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
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  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
    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
    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
    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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  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    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 Mars has an amazing voice !! Doo-Wops and hooligans is amazing!! Expand
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    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 can just hope he can grow as an artist on his second album. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2010
    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 very enjoyable, great melodies with a original and awesome touch of his perfect voice!!! Expand
  4. Dec 30, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Overall it is an OK album with moments of good vocal performance and lyrical meaningfulness. It follows a tendency of attempting at spawning big hits with catchy choruses, but that does not seem to work properly in the entire album. "The Other Side" and "Grenade" are the album's best in all aspects. The influences and the participation of Cee Lo Green in the former give it an edgy tone, but also provide the album with a great ending. "Grenade" may sound exaggerated in its lyrics, but it stands out as the strongest track of the album in terms of sending a message with a song. "Just the Way You Are" is good advertisement for what is good about Mars' work. A significant part of the album, however, sounds aimless in the lyrics; "The Lazy Song" is a major downside to the structure of D-W and H for that matter. Even with its ups and downs, we can expect something much better if the singer does not decide to go 100% commercial in his next enterprise. Expand
  5. Dec 18, 2011
    Bruno mars debuts with an album full of of simple lyrics lacking any depth and maturity. However, his vocals and mix of Pop and R&B music make it a somewhat enjoyable listen. An average, flawed album. Expand
  6. Nov 23, 2010
    The album brings nothing new to the table and is merely a commercialized attempt to entice Top-40 radio and climb the charts. There's nothing new or original here, pass. Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2010
    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 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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