After last week’s hosting/musical guest gig on Saturday Night Live, I knew I had to feature Bruno Mars this week for Swoon-Worthy Sundays. The moment that made the choice obvious? His 2nd musical performance of the night where he sang “Young Girls” off his upcoming new album.
While his upbeat songs are incredibly catchy, I just love his ballads. From Just the Way You Are to It Will Rain, his incredible voice makes many people swoon. I’ve listened to this new Young Girls song on repeat countless times (<3 that chorus!) and can’t wait until his new album Unorthodox Jukebox is released December 11th.
I originally first discovered Bruno Mars a few years ago when I heard Nothin’ On You on the radio, which is a collaboration he did with B.O.B. His last full length album was released in Oct 2010 and some fantastic singles came out of that album, including Grenade, Marry You, The Lazy Song and the previously mentioned Just the Way You Are.
Admittedly I was a bit dismayed to see that his next single that wasn’t from his Doo-Wops & Hooligans album would be on the Breaking Dawn soundtrack. But who am I kidding, I can’t resist the emotional angsty ballad that is It Will Rain.
Cause there’ll be no sunlight if I lose you, baby
There’ll be no clear skies if I lose you, baby
Just like the clouds, my eyes will do the same if you walk away
Everyday, it will rain, rain, rain
Bruno Mars’ stint as host & musical guest last weekend allowed him to show off his comedic acting chops as well as two songs from the upcoming album. One notable SNL skit that stood out for me was where he was able to demonstrate his pop star impressions as an intern trying to save Pandora internet radio during a power outage. From Green Day to Katy Perry to Michael Jackson, Bruno belted out the iconic songs with the perfect blend of accuracy and satire. I always thought he had a bit of an MJ vibe to him when he performs sometimes, and it was noticeable in the opening monologue. Glad to see I wasn’t alone when they had him do snippets of several Michael Jackson songs.
What’s your favourite Bruno Mars song? Do you prefer his upbeat hip-hop tunes or slow-jam ballads?