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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the R&B singer-songwriter was produced by Shampoo Press & Curl.
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Versace on the Floor
Let's take our time tonight, girl Above us all the stars are watchin' There's no place I'd rather be in this world Your eyes are where I'm lost... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 23, 2016
    86
    He succinctly gets his point across by instilling that much needed old-school nostalgia lacking in music today with nine tracks. Instead of diving into the album with a bloated guest list, Bruno and his production team, Shampoo Press & Curl (with assistance from longtime collaborators The Stereotypes) ensure 80s babies stay forever young.
  2. 83
    With only nine songs, there’s not an ounce of fat on Magic, and nearly every track sounds like Top 40 gold.
  3. Few albums designed to sound like a party actually play like one, but Bruno Mars has pulled it off with style.
  4. Dec 2, 2016
    62
    24K Magic is the rest of the park: rebuilt shinier and glitzier and safer, every element engineered to please more than the real thing, and with a hell of a tour guide. It’s not history, not even historical fiction, but harmless fun.
  5. Q Magazine
    Dec 13, 2016
    60
    Ultimately 24k Magic's luxe exterior writes cheques its soul can't cash. [Feb 2017, p.115]
  6. Nov 28, 2016
    60
    James Brown is referenced unto pastiche on the crisp Perm, but Finesse and That’s What I Like respectively revisit new jack swing and the young R Kelly with such love that it’s not so much throwback as righteous resurrection.
  7. 40
    There’s scant distinction overall, with Bruno’s eager-beaver personality wearing perilously thin on “That’s What I Like”, a tiresome tick-list of unimaginative hedonism, and “Chunky”, a big-lass anthem lacking even the roguish, cheeky [sic] charm of Sir Mixalot’s “Baby Got Back”.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 75
  2. Negative: 16 out of 75
  1. Jun 28, 2020
    10
    Um álbum maravilhoso, com letras e sonoridade incríveis, cada vem melhor e mais coeso ,um álbum completo.
  2. Nov 27, 2016
    10
    I am very surprised! This is a very good album, and in my opinion, one of the best R&B albums of the decade. Perfectly resembling the Soul,I am very surprised! This is a very good album, and in my opinion, one of the best R&B albums of the decade. Perfectly resembling the Soul, the R&B, and even the New Jack Swing of the 80s and 90s with a great and delightful production by Shampoo Press & Curl. Bruno has done a twist on his career and the result is wondeful. Inspirations are noticeable: Babyface, Michael Jackson, James Brown, R. Kelly, and many more. If he continues this way, Bruno will become a classic. Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2016
    10
    This is the first time I enjoyed an album by Bruno Mars, there isn't a song that I don't like. I hear influences from so many artists on thisThis is the first time I enjoyed an album by Bruno Mars, there isn't a song that I don't like. I hear influences from so many artists on this album, a masterpiece! Expand
  4. Nov 18, 2016
    8
    One of the things that upsets me about music is the promotional singles not representing what the entire album consists of. There have beenOne of the things that upsets me about music is the promotional singles not representing what the entire album consists of. There have been countless times where an artist releases promotional singles and I really enjoy them, but when the body of work itself arrives I find myself wanting more. In this particular case, the singles were a clear representation of how the album was going to sound. Our third full-length offering in the Bruno Mars catalog, this could have been a pop music masterpiece or a cheesy capitalization off the wildly successful "Uptown Funk". Soulful and smooth with gigantic doses of swagger injected into the lining of almost every track, Bruno completely delivered. Pop music today often sounds commercialized and repetitive which makes this album all the more special. While I've never cared much for the billionaire mogul with all the women gimmick that Bruno has exuded in recent years, it not something that turns me off from the music. None of the lyrical content here will have you doing anything more than forming a posse with your co-workers and possibly investing in a pinky ring. What it lacks in lyrical content though, it makes up for with production. Tracks like "Chunky" and "Finesse" ooze funky synths while "Versace On The Floor" and "Too Good To Say Goodbye" help highlight the immense vocal talent that Mars possesses. 24K Magic represents quintessential pop music in 2016 and provides a fresh and timeless alternative to most of the content on Top 40 today. Ultimately, it's downfall is the lack of content it contains. A nine song track list clocking in at a little over 33 minutes, you sometimes feel as if you're listening to an unfinished product. By the time you settle in to the groove of the album, it's coming to an end. This personally wouldn't be such an issue if the lyrical content had more to offer. While some tracks do tend to sound a bit similar, each has something distinct that separates them from one another. Overall, the album is nothing that will blow your socks off. It's not an album we'll be writing about for years and it's certainly not an album that is going to innovate pop music as we know it. That said, it's representative of what pop music can and should be. Well composed musical content that doesn't exactly have to send a meaningful message, but instead allows you to forget about the daily struggles we as humans face. Sometimes we all just need a night where we feel like we're the coolest person in the world. If this album provides you with that fantasy, then it's done it's job. Expand
  5. Nov 25, 2016
    6
    I really like the opener, and there are some more interesting songs on here, but overall, this feels unfinished. When you're limiting yourselfI really like the opener, and there are some more interesting songs on here, but overall, this feels unfinished. When you're limiting yourself to nine short pop songs, you have to make them count, and I feel like that is not what happened here. Eh. Expand
  6. Nov 27, 2016
    5
    Personally, it is not good, that's it. It looks like it could take you fun places and relate to it at a party, but it doesn't. Its rushed andPersonally, it is not good, that's it. It looks like it could take you fun places and relate to it at a party, but it doesn't. Its rushed and forgettable, but I gave it half the score because it was a good try. Expand
  7. Dec 12, 2020
    0
    malo, realmente mars no se esforzo en este album, parece que solo le interese cobrar cheques mas grandes

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