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.