Bruno Mars knows his way around a pop song like the contours of a woman’s body. The whole of this enjoyable second album, Unorthodox Jukebox (Atlantic Records), is about girls. And half the time, it’s carnal. Rumpy-pumpy is a familiar Mars theme, but the ‘really nice sex’ he referenced on 2011 single ‘The Lazy Song’ has been upped to ‘fucking like gorillas’ on this record (‘Gorilla’).
Smut aside, this is great music. Mars’s ’80s funk influences are refreshing, there are hip hop hints in the bassy beats of ‘Natalie’ and ‘Money Makes Her Smile’, and ska infusions on ‘Show Me’. Whether Mars really is as horny as his lyrics suggest remains to be seen, but we’re well and truly seduced by this album.