Single Review: Bruno Mars – ‘The Lazy Song’

Oh, how I do love non-cryptic titles…

Anyway, down to business. And judging by this song, Bruno won’t be participating in said business, because as he so kindly reminds us at the end of each chorus to his third international single release – “Today I swear I’m not doing anything”. Lovely.

But then again, seeing as this song is about not doing anything and being a right royal couch-potato for a day, doing absolutely nothing that requires hard labour – or even easy labour – how do you make a song about nothing, interesting? This song is just a list of the things he won’t do today, and a list of the things he will do – the latter list cleverly thought through so good ol’ Bruno wastes as few calories as possible. ‘The Lazy Song’ contemplates just that; having one o’ them duvét days, y’know? Well good on him and good luck to his day of glorious relaxation. But that still doesn’t redeem the song from being a very typical Bruno Mars affair – a little too playful to be taken seriously, and a little too contrived to be taken as carefree but, in a song like this, you’d think that was the most important factor – to dabble so frequently in carefree fickleness that you’re fully convinced he really won’t actually be doing anything.

You see, whilst Bruno happily chirps along to a head-bopping melody full of summer breeziness, his lyrics are still very trivial at the best of times and their delivery is fouled by Bruno’s inability to not sound so saccharine you can almost feel your teeth rot just listening to him. He airily croons through the simplistic production, going into more detail than is necessary at certain points – “Gonna throw my hand in my pants/No-one’s gonna tell me I can’t” or even “I’ll meet a really nice girl/Have some really nice sex/And she’ll scream out ‘This is great'”, but it all fails to hold any water and just repulses. And whilst any air of slight vocal whimsicality is most likely deliberate, it just comes off as disinterest in his own song which, without too much effort, is completely empathised by the listener.

Then there’s the production, which whilst summery, is about as interesting as a blank piece of paper. It plods nigh-on reluctantly through an cheap-sounding, reggae via pop guitar strum and a basic drum loop. Unchanging, it gets tiresome when you realise nothing new happens even when the chorus arrives and despite Bruno’s voice drearily trying to claw to the heights reached on his last singles, nothing stops you from being swamped those lyrics, which lie amongst some of the childish he’s ever recorded; everything is so bare and void of anything remotely interesting, meaning the only feeling you get from listening to this song is that of his own arrogance.

The video however, is genius.

Although, his Rolex watch does stand out all too often and clashes with the simplicity of the video.

After the shiny coating that embellished the standard of his first two singles had worn off, Bruno needed to give his fans more reason to continue buying his album. This song is not the way to go as there’s not so much as a bit of polish on this one. Bruno, as I stated earlier, shot himself in the foot by thinking that singing about doing nothing could be interesting. It’s got a summery tune, and so will make most radio stations and teenaged girls summer playlists effectively, but at the end of the day this is a song with no sticking power, other than a slight embarrassment for Bruno and his willingness to be so open about what he does in his spare time.

Rating: 2.0 STARS

Download: May 8, 2011 (OUT NOW)

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