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I’ll keep it short ‘n sweet, just like the cd.

All 9 (!) tracks are radio & streaming friendly, the main problems here are there’s only 9 songs, the longest one is only 4:20 and the whole cd is just over a half hour.  You won’t get bored, just wish it was longer.

Mars is proud to cite the influences that shaped his career and this new album:  Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, New Edition, Bobby Brown, Jodeci, Boyz II Men, Teddy Riley and Babyface.  It all comes shining through- it’s all about having a good time.

24K: pure 80s/90s Roger & Zapp sound.  Sets the tone for the rest of the party.

Chunky: all about dat booty and the women proud of having it like that!

Perm: remember when B-sides were the funkiest cuts?  A true old skool vibe starting out- like James Brown & The Time were jamming together.  And I really liked that rhythm guitar.

That’s What I Like: beat reminds you of Bobby Brown’s Tenderoni.  This one’s about treating his baby right with the good life, which is easy since he’s already ‘bout dat.

Versace on the Floor: the first slow jam.  Romancing his baby while slow dancing.  Too much high-end synth for a slow joint, but eh- it’s ok.

Straight Up & Down: “…your booty deserves a celebration/I’m gonna celebrate it all night long!” Ok, my dude.

Calling All My Lovelies: talk about a throwback- this is pure New Edition/Jodeci/After 7 sounding stuff.  “I got Moesha waiting, Aiesha waiting… all the ‘eshas waiting ‘cause I can’t get a hold of (places phone call and gets voicemail of… HALLE BERRY?!?)”  Damn, son.  That’s rough.

Too Good to Say Goodbye: pining for a lost love, this one hits all the notes.  Lover, best friend and more- and now you’re gone.  Wasn’t so much that Babyface needed to co-write it, tho.

Finesse- the beat is real familiar, just can’t put my finger on it.  Best I can come up with is Stanley Jordan’s Street Talk or Sheena Easton’s Talk About the Lover in Me.

In every sense it’s over all too soon- songs are a little too short and there should be two or three more.  No trap queen noise here; it’s all about chilling with your people and your lady- you know, like R&B/Funk used to be.

4/5 stars.