A Review of Bruno Mars' 24K Magic Album

A Review of Bruno Mars' 24K Magic Album

Mars could be the new King of Pop

After years of waiting since Bruno Mars last album release in 2012, the wait for new material finally ended with the release of 24K Magic on November 18th. As a diehard Mars fan (I listened to Doo-Wops and Hooligans incessantly as a young teen), I was beyond excited when the album finally released. And.....it is PERFECT. I didn't expect anything less from Mars as his smooth voice glides across this album. My only complaint is that it is a measly nine songs, and I did not wait four years for such a limited number! But alas I can't complain too much since I've listened to the album on repeat anyway. Though all the songs are quality, I thought I would rank the album so you don't have to. Here is my ranking:

9. Too Good To Say Goodbye

This is one of Mars slowest songs on the album. It is just beyond the amount of cheesiness I can take. This song is a little too 90s boy band ballad, and not in the best way. Although Mars voice still stuns with his high notes, this slow song is not for me. If I had to choose I would say it's not too good to say goodbye to.

8. Versace on the Floor

I guess I'm not a fan of the slow songs on the album as this is the only other truly slow song. This one has a catchier chorus than the previous song, but still doesn't do much for me, as it is also tacky. Mars is the only singer who can pull off this 90s sound, but the sexual innuendos throughout the song just don't have much effect.

7. Calling All My Lovelies

This smoother song has a good background beat, and has a joking manner to it with the "calling all my eesha's" lines and obvious throwback vocals. It doesn't have the same pickup as the rest of the album however, so not a danceable song. Halle Berry makes a guest appearance as Mars calls her in the song, which adds to the joking manner of the song.

6. Finesse

The first of the upbeat songs on the album I rated, Finesse has a danceable beat, but is less memorable than other songs on the album. It shows Mars "finesse" in creating an interactive dance beat however that I appreciate.

5. Straight Up and Down

The lyrics in this song are lush, bringing out throwback phrases like "freaking me". It brings the 90s smoothness in the right way, a little less intense than that of Versace on the Floor, and creates wanted nostalgia.

4. Perm

The call and response parts of this song, along with background singers make this song sure to be his next single on the album. It has the same upbeat nature of 24k magic, and is completely danceable. The cleverness of the lyrics with "throw some perm on your attitude, girl you gotta relax" are extremely catchy, no doubt everyone will be singing this one soon.

3. 24K Magic

The top single of the album, we all have heard and love. It set the tone for the rest of the album and as any good single should it is intensely catchy. The "magic" of Mars is definitely in this song, hence its namesake.

2. Chunky

This is probably the most danceable song on the album. It is hard not to groove to the beat, plus it supports body positivity. Fun fact: Bruno Mars performed this song at the Victoria's Secret Fashion show which I think was an ironic dig.

1. That's What I Like

This song combines Mars' new sound with touches of his previous album. The beat and overall feeling of decadence that comes with this song makes it number one on an album that is already high quality. Can't wait to hear more of Mars in the coming years.

Listen to the entire album here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqyT8IEBkvY&list=PLMQ_iSHkiMojpB1z5CeT2mgjS5dAEl80u

Cover Image Credit: songtexte.com

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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