the Buzz for November 6th, 2010


Bruno Mars — “Talking to the Moon”
(from Doo-Wops & Hooligans) — Talking to the Moon - Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Deluxe Version)

In terms of quality music, one of the fall’s great surprises has been the terrific Hooligans, a dazzling, genre-defying blast of fun, with flashes of great profundity, from Mars (given name: Peter Gene Hernandez), the undeniable breakthrough of the year. The Michael Jackson comparisons are too easy (though not at all unfounded, especially on tracks like “Our First Time,” which feels, in the best way possible, like a lost outtake from the ABC sessions), and if you listen closer, you can also detect unmistakable glints of early Prince, especially on tracks on “Moon,” wherein Mars punches up the plaintive cry in his voice and lays his entire lovesick soul open in prayer, hoping his beloved can feel his burning pain.