My First Post/First Music Review

Hello, I am MusiCommentator, and this is my first post ever!  Scream it from the top of the world, I’M HERE!  No, I’m not that egocentric.  So, if you’re reading this, you are probably wondering what I am going to do.  Well, I can answer that!  I am going to (try to) post a review on a popular song or album every week.  If anyone suggests a song or album in the comments, I will try to review that one as well, even if it not new, per se.  I will let you know: when it comes to listening to music casually, I do have a preference to rap, so you may see some of that on here as well.  I know some people do not like hip hop, so I’ll mention that now.

So, for my first review of all time, I decided to go to the Billboard Hot 100 and see what they could give me.  I looked at the list and the song taking the #1 spot was the Despacito Remix by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber.  I don’t think my one year of French in high school would help me very much with understanding that song, so I decided to give it a skip.  Sorry Mr. Fonsi and Mr. Yankee.  So, I looked at spot #2 and saw a song that caught my eye: Bruno Mars’s “That’s What I Like” off his new album “24K Magic”.

Born Peter Gene Hernandez, Bruno Mars is a singer/songwriter known for his big hits “Just The Way You Are”, “Locked Out Of Heaven”, and the Grammy-winning “Uptown Funk” with Mark Ronson.  He started off as a songwriter and backup singer, but rose sharply to popularity when he collaborated with B.o.b on “Nothin’ On You” (You know, back when B.o.b was not a crazy conspiracy theorist).  Ever since then, he had pumped out many hits, like the ones mentioned before.  Personally, I am a casual fan of Bruno Mars.  I don’t go out of my way to run people over just to get to the record store to buy his new album, but I wouldn’t turn him off of the radio if I came across a song of his.  When I was younger I was a big fan of his hit song “Grenade”.

His newest album “24K Magic”, was released on the tail end of last year on November 18th.  The lead single from it, conveniently named “24K Magic”, was a song I was personally not a fan of.  It was too braggadocious of a song for Bruno Mars.  This being the main song everyone heard, the album started to fade into obscurity, which slightly saddened me because I still believed he was a good artist.  But, the album was not at its end.  On March 1st of 2017, the music video for “That’s What I Like” came out (shown below) and the sing skyrocketed to popularity.  It quickly reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it was cemented in his records as one of his countless hits.  I am not sure whether the album did good or not after this, but I bet it got a lot more sales.

Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” Music Video

So, since this song appears to be so popular, I decided to give it a listen.

The beat is quite nice, I’ll say.  The drum beat with the peppering hi-hats and the bursts from the synth horns give the beat a funky swank which goes very well with the lyrical content.  As usual, Mars’s voice is very splendid, with luxurious melodies and him bringing his full vocal power to the bridge of this song.  The lyrics of the song are what really matter, though, so I analyzed these myself.

This song is much different from most Bruno Mars songs I’ve heard.  It’s a love song, but while most Mars love songs are of expressing his love through emotions and the actions he would do for her, this song details the fancy things he had the girl in question can partake in due to his wealth.  Definitely not the type of song I expected from Mars, but it’s an interesting concept.  The first two lines jump right into this concept, with Mars singing:

I got a condo in Manhattan
Baby girl, what’s hatnin’?

He is saying here that if the girl wants, he could take her to his best house and is inviting her stay with him.  Then comes these lines:

You and your ass invited
So gon’ and get to clappin’
So pop it for a player
Pop, pop it for me
Turn around and drop it for a player
Drop, drop it for me

Whoa, Bruno, slow down!  This is supposed to be a classy love song!  Save the dirty lyrics for people like The Weeknd.  That fits him more than you.  But, the song does not stay this crass, as it goes into this:

I’ll rent a beach house in Miami
Wake up with no jammies (Nope)
Lobster tail for dinner
Julio serve that scampi (Julio!)

These lines underline the main point of the song.  He is telling her the fancy things they could do together if she loves him.  When the song focuses on this, it is quite elegant and pretty enjoyable.  But then, he puts in some lines like this:

Said you got it if you want it
Take my wallet if you want it now

Bruno, if that’s happening, that probably means she DOESN’T love you.  She’s using you for your money!  That puts the song in a whole different direction.  He is just providing for this golddigger that loves him less than his money.  Lucky for you, however, the chorus brings the song back to its luxurious roots.

Gold jewelry shining so bright
Strawberry champagne on ice
Lucky for you, that’s what I like, that’s what I like
Lucky for you, that’s what I like, that’s what I like
Sex by the fire at night
Silk sheets and diamonds all white
Lucky for you, that’s what I like, that’s what I like
Lucky for you, that’s what I like, that’s what I like

He brings it back to the elegance he can give her.  I will say, though, that most of us probably don’t need an image in our head of him getting freaky with some girl by a fireplace.  Thanks, Bruno.

The second verse, I believe is better than the first, for it does not stray off topic.  It details specifically the fine things they could do together and how fine it all is.  The bridge, as I mentioned before, is very good, with him bringing as much power as he can to express his emotions:

If you say you want a good time
Well here I am baby, here I am baby
Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me
Tell me what’s on your mind (what’s on your mind)
If you want it, girl come and get it
All this is here for you
Tell me baby, tell me, tell me baby
What you tryna do

It is also a good way to bring his song closer to an ending, because it is basically a proposition saying “I can give you all of this aforementioned stuff if you just come with me”.  How romantic.

Overall, “That’s What I Like” is a pretty enjoyable song.  It’s beat and voice have a chic swagger to it and the lyrics tell the tale of a luxurious life.  While there are some lyrical inconsistencies, it does not take away from the meaning of the song.  I would give it a 4 out of 5.  Do you agree?

Thank you for reading my first post.  I am glad that you took the time to read it.  If you liked this and want to know when I make more reviews, follow my website and like this blog.  Also, if you want to see me review something, tell me in the comments.  Until then, keep on listening to good music!  I know I will.

 

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23 thoughts on “My First Post/First Music Review

  1. Thanks for popping by. When you mentioned ‘Strange Fruit’ on ME’s page bells went off for me. Billy Holidays take is one of my all time favorite performances. I caught Cassandra Wilson’s version on Austin City Limits, dynamite! I’ll pop in to see how things are going. Later.

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      1. Great. Hope it leads to some good watching and listening. The people who post comments on my takes have very cool pages. It might open up some more avenues for you. It has for me. I’ll pop into your station from time to time. I looked at you last take. I’ll take your word for it! take care. CB

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  2. Nice review, and a good subject for your very first. Personally, I prefer “24K Magic” over “That’s What I Like,” but obviously, most of the public is on your page, as “24K Magic” only peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. And speaking of which, the Hot 100 has pretty much lost relevance for me anymore, probably because I’m older than dirt and the songs and artists I like don’t fare well on that chart. It’s pretty much dominated by hip hop, bad pop and Country, and rock/alternative rock don’t have a chance.

    For example, I think “Love on the Brain” is one of Rihanna’s best songs ever, yet it only peaked at #5, whereas “Work” – which I couldn’t stand – spent 7 weeks at #1. I love Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” and thought it would spend many weeks at #1, but after debuting at #4 (due to curiosity as it turned out), it quickly dropped into the teens and now continues to fall down the chart. The fact is, those two songs have a more mature, throwback sound that appeals to older people like me, but not so much to the 10-20 year olds whose tastes strongly dictate song performance on today’s charts. I honestly think many teens today wouldn’t recognize a good song if it hit them in the head.

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      1. That’s a tough question. Most of what I like is on the Alternative or Adult Alternative charts. About the only songs I like in the top 40 of the Hot 100 are “Shape of You,” “Something Just Like This,” “Believer,” “Stay,” “Redbone” and “Sign of the Times.”

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  3. I haven’t listened to the full album yet. But I love Bruno, this was a great read too. Going to do some reviews at some point any tips would be good? I’m also musician.

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