Doo-Wops & Hooligans Until about two weeks ago, Bruno Mars could have called his auto-biography Almost Famous . The 24-year-old Hawaiian had his name on two pop smashes… Doo-Wops & Hooligans Until about two weeks ago, Bruno Mars could have called his auto-biography Almost Famous . The 24-year-old Hawaiian had his name on two pop smashes… 2010-10-05 Bruno Mars Pop
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Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010)

Bruno Mars | THEY'VE GOT NOTHIN' ON HIM Bruno Mars
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EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 05, 2010; Lead Performance: Bruno Mars; Genre: Pop

Until about two weeks ago, Bruno Mars could have called his auto-biography Almost Famous. The 24-year-old Hawaiian had his name on two pop smashes — B.o.B's ''Nothin' on You'' and Travie McCoy's ''Billionaire,'' both of which he co-wrote, co-
produced, and sang on — but little of the press attention that often follows those who top the pop charts. One arrest (in Las Vegas, for drug possession) and one No. 1 solo hit (sweetly smitten ballad ''Just the Way You Are'') later, he is, for better or worse, no longer an ''almost.''

Doo-Wops & Hooligans aptly applies Mars' studio talents: instant-access melodies, creamy production, sly snatches of dance-floor swagger. And he do, in his own postmillennial way, wop; a malt-shop heart beats beneath the digital skin of tracks like the buoyant ''Marry You'' and woebegone ''Talking to the Moon.''

Atmospheric opener ''Grenade'' and ''Runaway Baby,'' with its '60s-soul snap, are immediate stylistic standouts, though other modes suit him less well; ''Our First Time'' feels a bit too Al B. Sure!, and ''The Lazy Song'' is perhaps better left to Jason Mraz. Still, Hooligans proves that this onetime background player makes a pretty solid first banana. B+

Download These:
Grenade
 a captivating masochist's anthem at youtube.com
Runaway Baby
 a snappy retro trip at youtube.com

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Originally posted Sep 29, 2010 Published in issue #1123 Oct 08, 2010 Order article reprints