Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Oct 25, 2010
    70
    While promising, though, the disc reveals little about Mars - other than that he clearly has his eyes on the charts.
  5. It's the year's finest pop debut: 10 near-perfect songs that move from power ballads to bedroom anthems to pop-reggae and deliver pleasure without pretension.
  6. Jan 25, 2011
    60
    Aside from the odd pervy foray however, Doo-Wops & Hooligans is a fairly impressive pop record; packed full of guaranteed arena fillers, it's an album that's literally born to be big.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. Doo-Wops & Hooligans kicks up no fuss, and shortchanges on its promise of both doo-wop and hooliganism.
  10. Mar 29, 2011
    40
    Mostly, he has little to say. [Mar 2011, p.109]
  11. Jan 20, 2011
    40
    The slushy sentiments will click with a tweenager in the throes of a first crush--but anyone with life and love experience beyond passing notes around at the back of class is advised to pass on this collection of monochrome musings in favour of something with a heartbeat. Perhaps, even, something that rocks.
  12. Jan 20, 2011
    40
    Frustratingly, Doo-Wops & Hooligans ends by suggesting it could have been far more interesting than it is.
  13. 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.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. 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 very enjoyable, great melodies with a original and awesome touch of his perfect voice!!! Full Review »
  2. Apr 20, 2011
    10
    Although many of the tunes are undeniably - you might even say playfully - derivative, this is a brilliantly entertaining album. Each track is a gem and a pleasure to listen to over and over again. Bruno Mars is this generation's Billy Joel. Full Review »
  3. Dec 22, 2010
    10
    Best... The elements with this album contains pop, rock, r&b, reggae and all. PERFECT!!! 10 songs isn't enough with this entertaining pop album. Vocals are great. Uptempo beats are awesome and breath-taking. Some comparisons to Michael Jackson, Kanye West, U2 and Colplay. Bruno Mars debut album is an entertaining product of 2010. Full Review »