Been enjoying this new single from Bruno Mars alot this week. He's featured on two of the years biggest hits in Billionaire with Travie McCoy and Nothin' On You by B.O.B. (and co-writing credit on another, Cee Lo's Fuck You) and his own solo track Just The Way You Are was also an international success story landing on the top of the charts here, in the UK and in the US. Just The Way You Are was rather lovely. Sappy as hell yes, but also sweet and uplifting. It was a really enjoyable mix of R&B cheese and earnest balladry and is the sort of hook driven number that sounds great on the radio.
Mars' next single Grenade is already picking heat stateside and it's easy to see why. It boasts another unstoppable chorus but feels suitably darker than his last effort. A broody number with a suitably melodramatic video it feels very Michael Jackson in it's mix of emotive R&B delivery and slick but effective production. Mars knows his way around a tune but he also knows how to pack one full of emotion. Grenade is that rare thing, a melodic radio smash that still manages to ripple with a bit of pain. The best pop music often has a strangely tortured vibe running throughout and Grenade has that in spades.
It's released here on the 7th of January and Mars' album is with us (finally!) on the 21st of January.