A Review of Bruno Mars' 24K Magic Album

A Review of Bruno Mars' 24K Magic Album

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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

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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