Locked Out of Heaven ♪ Bruno Mars
Yeah, your sex takes me to paradise.
Ever since the beginning, I feel like I’ve had an ongoing love/hate relationship with Bruno Mars. I blame the radio for making songs like: Just The Way You Are, Grenade, The Lazy Song, Marry You (even It Will Rain) irritatingly addictive. And at this point, the singer has become a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. With a sophomore album that has been in the works for the past couple of months now, it’s shaping up to be a dynamic one at that. “Locked Out of Heaven” serves as the very first single, and boy, does it pack a sonic punch! Produced by a handful of talented hit-makers, including the Smeezingtons, Mark Ronson, and Jeff Bhasker, it appears that all the hype wasn’t in vain. The almost four minute tune kinda sounds like a bit of Maroon 5 with some influence from The Police, but with the glossy Motown vibe and local percussion that proves it’s distinctive Bruno Mars material. The song is kicked off with a groove, shimmy and brief countdown as Mars gets into the first verse. “Never had much faith in love or miracles, never wanna put my heart on the line. But swimming in your water is something spiritual, I’m born again every time I spend the night.”
The Grammy award winning singer/songwriter sings the chorus over top a funky guitar and drum kicks, utilizing his upper registers more than ever. “‘Cause you make me feel like, like I’ve been locked out of heaven. For too long, for too long.” The lyrics have an interesting twist. The title kinda makes you think that this song is about a relationship gone awry. However, it is really about a relationship that is just so good that Bruno Mars feels like he has been “locked out of heaven” for a long long time while waiting for a relationship like this. On the second verse, he declares, “You bring me to my knees, you make me testify. You can make a sinner change his ways.” Now, it’s been proven since 2009 that Bruno Mars knows how to get to the emotional core of a situation through song lyrics, with his previous hit singles being prime examples of this. All in all, LOOH is a well-written track that rises above the ordinary material sometimes clogging pop radio airwaves. It really sounds like the kind of music that Bruno has always wanted to create, and probably should have since the beginning, because it’s damn good. I can surely admit that much.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5