Locked Out Of Heaven by Bruno Mars
Since 2009, Bruno Mars has been been wowing music fans from all demographics with is unique meddling of styles, flows and sounds merging reggae with rock, hip hop and popular styling. With his new video release, “Locked Out Of Heaven”, Bruno Mars once again demonstrates the flavor that has made him a star. His first single off the new album “Unorthodox Jukebox”, his second studio album, Locked Out Of Heaven has been in the top ten since its release, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Locked Out Of Heaven was directed by Cameron Duddy, a California artist and director who has only recent gotten into directing music videos after several stints in the film industry (and a documentary of the touring band Under The Influence of Giant to boot), but that’s not the real story – Bruno Mars also had a hand in the direction of his music video, and shared credits with Duddy. Like other artists before him, Bruno Mars is showing a distinct talent and visual eye for the presentation of his given profession.
It takes a lot to shake up the entertainment industry today, but a few mere months after its release, Locked Out Of Heaven has earned rave reviews and accolades from industry magazines, critics and fans, who have boosted the single into the most saturated release Bruno Mars has ever enjoyed. The song, which displays its roots in reggae (and too perhaps Bruno’s roots in the Hawaii islands), is a passionate but relaxed rock song about the spirituality of love and the joy of connection. Mars has separated himself from competitors in his field with an upbeat sound and message, and he continues that tradition with this song while creating an entirely new tradition of grungy rock flavor with this video. Styled after old VHS tapes, complete with grain and ‘burn’ marks, the video is an upbeat experience watching Bruno Mars enjoying a night out with his friends and community.
Having been compared favorably to the sounds of Sting from the glory days of The Police, Locked Out Of Heaven is poised at the front of a new debut album by a young and eclectic talent who clearly has many more talents yet to share.