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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the singer/producer was co-produced with Jeff Bhasker and features guest appearances from such artists as Bruno Mars, Mystikal, Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, Stevie Wonder, and Andrew Wyatt. The lyrics come from an unlikely source: novelist Michael Chabon.
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Uptown Funk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Jan 13, 2015
    91
    Without sacrificing authenticity, Ronson has created an accessible, pop-friendly, and undeniably sexy collection of funk and R&B.
  2. Jan 20, 2015
    80
    Rarely entering the realm of pastiche, in all, this makes for a brilliant, ageless album.
  3. Jan 26, 2015
    80
    Throughout the album Ronson plays the role of puppet master to an impressive collection of musical talent.
  4. Jan 14, 2015
    70
    Stax-style guitar figures and bass walks undergird most of the songs, yet Chabon's peculiar imagery and Ronson's use of the occasional drum machine and synthesizer keep Uptown Special from sounding either like an earnestly literary concept album or a kitschy imitation of Ronson's favorite records from the not so distant past.
  5. 70
    Uptown Special is Ronson’s moment of absolution: you can try to hate it, but in the end, as with all the best pop music, resistance is futile.
  6. 67
    Uptown Special exhibits a long-playing cohesion missing from his prior output. The sense of free-wheeling fun, however, is largely absent with the exception of the record’s funky A-side trifecta.
  7. Feb 24, 2015
    40
    Somehow, because Uptown Funk is so, so good, Uptown Special is even more disappointing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Jan 13, 2015
    10
    Compelling and funky, the tracks that stand out the most to me are the one's featuring Tame Impala's Kevin Parker. His guest-spots give meCompelling and funky, the tracks that stand out the most to me are the one's featuring Tame Impala's Kevin Parker. His guest-spots give me insight into what an Impala funk album would be about, and let me tell you, it's glorious. Expand
  2. May 2, 2015
    9
    Great funk album! Kevin Parker from Tame Impala does great on the three tracks he's on. Very fun to listen to... I don't get the low scoresGreat funk album! Kevin Parker from Tame Impala does great on the three tracks he's on. Very fun to listen to... I don't get the low scores it's receiving from users. Expand
  3. Mar 5, 2015
    9
    This is a great album that brings us back a good old R&B mixed with a little bit of Funk and Soul/Jazz. I really didn't understand why manyThis is a great album that brings us back a good old R&B mixed with a little bit of Funk and Soul/Jazz. I really didn't understand why many people hated it ... You know, sometimes we just have to feel the music and not examine whether it's a fad or not. Expand
  4. Jan 25, 2015
    8
    While it's pretty obvious what the biggest standout on the album is (and deservedly so), Uptown Special is a consistently really fun,While it's pretty obvious what the biggest standout on the album is (and deservedly so), Uptown Special is a consistently really fun, enjoyable record that revives classic sounds with the great songwriting & production to keep it from being a mere throwback novelty.

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  5. Jan 17, 2015
    7
    Mark Ronson is still a great producer it's just that all these songs lyrically are not that great but the production is strong and that isMark Ronson is still a great producer it's just that all these songs lyrically are not that great but the production is strong and that is what I like about Ronson and it did not have that well known features which I like. Expand
  6. Apr 4, 2015
    7
    I know it's not cool, but I really like Uptown Funk. There are a few other songs on this album that make it worth listening to. A totalI know it's not cool, but I really like Uptown Funk. There are a few other songs on this album that make it worth listening to. A total throwback to disco and funk. It's a lot of fun. Expand
  7. Feb 19, 2016
    0
    And here we have it: Wannabe '80s music in the 21st century. Tsk tsk tsk. Uptown Funk is perhaps the biggest mistake I have ever heard. IAnd here we have it: Wannabe '80s music in the 21st century. Tsk tsk tsk. Uptown Funk is perhaps the biggest mistake I have ever heard. I rarely give 0's, but this album truly deserves it. 0/10 Expand

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