FORE NOTE: I apologise for the incosistancy of my daily reviews in recent weeks. The main reason being the Christmas holidays and the New Year’s celebrations. But not only that, I’ve now had my AS Exams thursted upon my on the first week back to Sixth Form so finding time or indeed, energy, to write these reviews has been a struggle to say the least. I hope to become more reliable with my daily postings as soon as possible and seeing as I’m now sat in my school library in “Study” leave, I’ll post one for you now. I love you all that much. Here goes:
Oh, how things have taken a turn for the worst for poor old Bruno. All he said was that you were amazing ‘Just The Way You Are’, and as saccharine as the message was – and it felt like it had come gifted wrapped inside a box made of crystallised sugar – he clearly meant it. But now, things have turned a bit ugly.
Bruno is no longer singing your praises and crooning about how your hair falls perfectly and how he could kiss your lips all day if you’d let him (you can feel your teeth rotting now, can’t you?). Instead, his once sweetly ringing voice is now a pained wail as he stares into the remnants of a diminished relationship through the window of a teary eye. Gently melancholic at first, his emotions soon flood the listener with lyrics brimming with angst and despondency. The music boasts a much darker tone and conjures a heavily despairing atmosphere with the assistance of the sinister piano ostinato and tribal drum loop. It’s lyrical poignancy channels his dejection beautifully, with the elaborate metaphors enforcing the message that Bruno would do anything for his beloved, the woman he has hauled an upright piano through the streets of Los Angeles for – the very woman who’s made him completely oblivious to the world of reality as he opts to walks through the middle of roads rather than the safety of the pavement, identifying a further risk he’s taken for her. Other risks, or indeed, acts of true love and devotion at times of peril, include – “catch a grenade”, “throw my [his] hand on a blade”, “jump in front of a train” and “take a bullet straight through my [his] brain”, whilst foretelling she’d never return the favour.
Now, I realise that paragraph may have been a bit challenging to read in terms of, the language was a bit flamboyant and flowery and the whole thing could be trimmed down to about five/six lines if I wanted it to, but I didn’t because that’s similar to what it can be like listening to ‘Grenade’ – at time, it does get a little overly dramatic, like Bruno’s trying ever so hard to please. Oh, he pulls it off yes – his vocals are stunning, his song writing remains top notch and his lyrics have improved greatly, but it’s a very… heavy listen, one that really won’t suit the overplay it’s bound to get.
In regards to the song specifically, the delivery in the first verse is exceptional, as is the seamless transition into the chorus. The highlight is the middle eight. Oozing with drama and angst, the song climaxes to the point where it sounds like Bruno’s voice is being pushed to it’s absolute limit, conveying the utmost sincerity.
Here’s the video and an accompanying message.
“The actions in this video serve as a metaphor, and should not be taken literally. I am aware of the power of visual media, and I encourage everyone who watches this video to understand that it is an artistic interpretation of the song, and not something to imitate”. – Bruno Mars
I like the fact that’s the video has this “artistic vision” and that it’s something more than your average pop video, particularly because the standard of many modern pop videos is in decline.
‘Grenade’ is another brilliant single to add to Bruno Mars’ catalogue after his chart-topping début, ‘Just The Way You Are’, it’s perfect production and emotive lyrics ensure it’s success before it’s even released. Now, hopefully Bruno will release ‘The Other Side’ with Cee-Lo Green and B.o.B. as his next single…
Rating: 4.0 STARS
Download: January 10, 2011
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