Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 91
    His talent for crafting little pop perfections of all stripes is undeniable.
  2. Dec 13, 2012
    The bulk of Unorthodox Jukebox benefits from presenting Bruno Mars as he truly imagines himself: a big belter with an ear for pop hooks, sure, but one unafraid to dive into murkier waters.
  3. Dec 12, 2012
    All in all, this is a truly accomplished and slick pop album, but its lyrical content will probably lose Bruno Mars some sales and some of his core audience.
  4. Dec 11, 2012
    The result is a record that makes the competition sound sad and idea-starved by comparison.
  5. Dec 11, 2012
    His highly anticipated sophomore album succeeds in mixing its safer stylistic choices with its relatively bold ideas.
  6. Dec 12, 2012
    Sounds like Bruno Mars is trying to rough up his image a bit on his strong, if sometimes oddly lyrically aggressive, second album.
  7. Dec 11, 2012
    Mars still plays the sweetheart card well, but he's proven himself way more interesting as a badass.
  8. Dec 7, 2012
    It's appealing, generally engaging and all shot through with the confidence of a man who must feel he's got the hit parade Midas touch
  9. Jan 3, 2013
    His second album is the same conventional mish-mash as his 6m-selling debut.
  10. Dec 21, 2012
    Too many of the tracks seem more like very good imitations of song types than like actual songs.
  11. Dec 10, 2012
    While not an unqualified triumph, Unorthodox Jukebox is a step forward.
  12. When he isn't sounding like a Police album track ("Locked Out of Heaven") or a Musical Youth album track ("Show Me"), he's mostly sounding like a Wham! album track (the disco-pop "Treasure" being a case in point).
  13. Dec 10, 2012
    Overall, there is rather less doo-wopping on Unorthodox Jukebox, an album that, despite its title, deserves your grudging respect, and a little more hooliganism.
  14. 60
    Bruno Mars is a talented chap, he's forced to demean his abilities by echoing other artists' former glories on Unorthodox Jukebox, whose title all but gives the game away.
  15. Dec 18, 2012
    He's an undeniable talent, desperately searching for an identity to claim as his own.
  16. Dec 10, 2012
    Too bad it's a step back from Doo-Wops in so many ways, leaving people who saw promise in his debut shaking their heads in disappointment and hoping Mars can sort out his feelings about women and get back to being a sweet romancer, instead of an icky hater.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 37
  2. Negative: 5 out of 37
  1. Dec 11, 2012
    Bruno Mars has proven with this album that he is not a one-trick-pony. If you did not like his first album, I urge you to give Unorthodox Jukebox a chance. There are so many different styles on this album, that it never becomes stale or boring. He has taken the risky path that not many choose to take with a sophmore album, but it paid off big time. Full Review »
  2. Dec 11, 2012
    After listening to this record, I can easily say that Bruno Mars is one of the best musicians we have today. Unorthdox Jukebox is a pile of diversity and is equally mind-blowing. He took a huge risk this time and it really got paid off. His voice has improved, his songs sound more mature now, he has incorporated almost every genre on this album we know would better suit his voice. Best thing about this album is that how original and fresh it sounds, every song on the record has its own powerful yet soothing melody which is very rare these days. I love almost all the songs on this record but my favorites are "Moonshine", "Gorilla", "Locked Out of Heaven", "Natalie" and "If I Knew". Every song on the record is worth listening to, and I must say that Bruno Mars has surprised me again. Full Review »
  3. Dec 13, 2012
    Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Juxebox:

    1. Young Girls: Amazing start. 10/10! 2. Locked Out Of Heaven: The first single. Fast and danceable:
    10/10! 3.Gorilla: I love the drums on this song 9/10! 4.Treasure: Disco-Feeling! 8/10! 5.Moonshine: I don't like this song so much. Sorry 5/10! 6.When I Was Your Man: Amazing ballad! 10/10! 7.Natalie: And the next wonderful song 10/10. 8. Show Me: Reggae!! 9/10

    9.Money Make Her Smile: Not my favorite song. It sounds like Lady Gaga 4/10

    10: If I Knew: Final Highlight 10/10

    --> 8.5 points = 9 points. Nice work!
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