Album Watch: Bruno Mars' Short (But Sweet) EP Treat

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

By now, Bruno Mars isn't "some dude who singing on those B.o.B. and Travie McCoy songs", Mars is slowly, but surely, coming into his own as a solo artist, and well, we are getting to know him, all about him, like Deborah Kerr did with the children of Siam in The King and I. Especially with his four-song EP, It's Better If You Don't Understand.

The gist of an EP is clearly a reference that gives the listener a taste of what the artist is capable of creating, and Mars' short musical display does just that. It's a great tactic, especially in this age when people have short attention spans and want something quick to wet their whistle too. In four short songs, It's Better... does indeed get to the point right away and then some. This Hawaii native surely does have the right stuff to contend in the R&B market and all the evidence is here...

It's Better... swiftly details a puppy love romance gone sour, something that we can all pretty much attest to being involved in at one time or another as each song tells of an phase of a love affair. Mars' smoothie style vocals mix in well with the pop/R&B tunes present and it's an enjoyable listen throughout. Two tracks that stick out, the first being the tropical night mood of "Count On Me", which acoustic styling is laid-back and soothing.  The second track to consume is his collaboration with Cee-Lo and B.o.B, a rousing funk shuffle by the title of,"The Other Side", which has Mars and Cee-Lo trade off vocals, and the two make a nice blend. Though so short, Mars is onto something with this, and hopefully pretty soon we might be hearing more from this R&B crooner, as this is just the beginning.

The Other Side (ft. Cee-Lo & B.o.B)


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