Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars

bruno-mars-unorthodox-jukeboxTitle: Unorthodox Jukebox

Artist: Bruno Mars


Publication Date: 2012

Genre: Rhythm and blues

Reading Level/Interest Age: 15 and up

Plot: This album is Mars’ second official album that was produced by Atlantic Records. He is currently touring for this album. Mars’ produced and co-wrote this album with various different producers. His passionate vocals and creative lyrics never disappoint his fans.

Critical Evaluation: The ten songs that were produced for this album were well done and the producers should be given praise for the unique styles of each of them. Certain songs seem like they’re influenced by a specific decade or style of music. One song, “If I Knew” has a doo-wop style applied to the instrumentals. The song, “Treasure,” has a rhythm similar to the seventies funk sound. Another song that appears on Mars’ album is “Show Me” displays obvious influences from the reggae genre.

Reader’s Annotation: Bruno Mars’ soothing voice will serenade you with his catchy tunes and unique songs.

Author: According toBruno Mars’ about page on his official website, this multitalented singer, songwriter, producer and musician was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father was a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn and his mother was a talented vocalist. Once he graduated from high school, he left Hawaii and went straight to Los Angeles, California to pursue his dreams in the music industry. Those dreams got put on hold, however, when The Smeezingtons, the songwriting/production team he founded with Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine, suddenly took off. Eventually Mars started producing songs for major popular artists and then received worldwide recognition through the song “Billionaire” sung by Travie McCoy.

Mars is a 13-time Grammy Award nominee whose debut album has been certified 39x platinum worldwide, has sold over 45 million singles worldwide, and has over 1 billion views on YouTube. Mars has received the ASCAP Song of the Year award, a Billboard Music Award for Top Radio Song for “Just the Way You Are,” a BRIT Award for International Male Solo Artist, an American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist in Pop/Rock, two MTV European Music Awards including Best New Artist, and the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Artist.

Curriculum Ties:  N/A

Booktalking Ideas:  N/A

Challenging Issues:

  • Profanity
  • Explicit content

Defensive Maneuvers:

  • I would be sure to study and memorize the library’s collection policy.
  • The Library Bill of Rights must also be brought to the challenger’s attention stating that the library is an information institution that provides both information and ideas.
  • Have both good and bad reviews (from respected sources) about the book at hand.
  • Remember to mention the awards and honors that the item has received.
  • Be sure to listen to the person who is challenging the book and do not interrupt them while they are speaking. Try to understand where the patron is coming from when he or she states their concerns about the material.
  • When you respond to the challenger, have a calm and respectable tone informing them that the library must do all that it can to provide intellectual freedom to its patrons, young and old.

Why This Album? Teens will be able to experience the different genres from previous decades through some of Mars’ songs.


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