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Bruno Mars – '24K Magic' Review

Half an hour of party tunes that sound like the best bits of ’90s R&B

In a year when fellow superstars Drake and Kanye West have released sprawling, overlong albums and Beyoncé accompanied hers with a 60-minute film, this record’s brevity feels refreshing. ‘24K Magic’ features just nine songs and a fat-free 33-minute running time. There’s not even a deluxe edition with extra tracks.

Keeping his third album short is also ballsy. After all, Bruno Mars isn’t just trying to match 2010’s ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ and 2012’s ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ – both multi-platinum chart-toppers – but also globe-conquering Mark Ronson collaboration ‘Uptown Funk’. But instead of pogoing from genre to genre in pursuit of hits, Mars has crafted something compact and cohesive that feels like a proper album.

Although the title track’s exuberant electro-funk apes ‘Uptown Funk’, the album is mainly a tribute to early ’90s R&B….

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