I appreciate it when a song that dominates the radio waves and the charts is one that actually has instruments in it.
Bruno Mars has proven that he is an artist that embraces old school methods of showmanship. He’s rarely on stage by himself, usually backed by a full band, all of whom are in sync with the choreography.
He’s a vintage performer through and through, and evidenced it on the biggest stage at last year’s Super Bowl. His latest single, “Uptown Funk” — of which he’s actually credited as a featured artist; guitarist Mark Ronson gets the recording credit — is the latest example that showcases his artistry.
But like any other song, repetitiveness makes it grow old fast. I feel like we’ve been saying for two years now that Bruno Mars is finally the singer we’ve been waiting for — one who breaks the trend of pop stars producing songs that carry zero musical creativity. Mars, in contrast, makes actual music.
Thus, radio stations have felt compelled to spread that beacon of musical change by playing his music over and over and over.
And listeners, too, have fallen into the trap. Because Bruno Mars is different; because he has soul; because he is channeling Motown; we must like him, and it’s taboo to indicate otherwise.
I like Bruno Mars. But I will still be among the first to say that I am starting to get sick of his music. His last few songs have all started to blend together for me, and if I hear him scream “Don’t believe me? Just watch!” one more time, I’m going to throw an extremely childish and immature hissy fit. I hate to say it, but “Uptown Funk” is an instant station change for me now.
A lot of it is musical taste. Just because you respect a certain type of music doesn’t mean you have to fawn over it it. I personally enjoy more calm, orderly music rather than something that’s full throttle upbeat and dancy throughout.
Or maybe I simply hate brass instruments.
It’s likely just a consequence of constant radio play that’s killed the song for me, however, as radio tends to do.
My favorite Bruno Mars song remains his first breakthrough solo hit: “Just the Way You Are.” It’s a poignant, smooth ballad that’s extremely easy on the ears.
Until he gets back to that, I think I’m going to go on a Bruno Mars sabbatical.
Don’t believe me?
I don’t care.