An album of big, bold retro R&B
Bruno Mars’ long-awaited return is one the most spirited, sonically cohesive, and danceable albums of 2016. Moving away from the New Wave flirtations of 2012’s chart-topping Unorthodox Jukebox, the singer/songwriter/musician fills 24K Magic with the feel-good vibes of ‘80s and ‘90s R&B. With the champagne-popping title track, epic slow jams (“Versace on the Floor”), and undeniable bops (“That’s What I Like”), Mars is a master of infectious pop. In other words, it’s Uptown Funk, The Album: a party-starting, jam-packed good time and further proof that Mars is at the top of his game.