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Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010)

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Doo-Wops & Hooligans is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, released on October 4, 2010. Mars' writing and production team The Smeezingtons were credited with writing all songs and serve as the album's executive producers. The album's title refers to doo-wop music and was chosen to reflect simplicity, as well as appeal to both males and females.

Two digital singles—"Liquor Store Blues" featuring Damian Marley and "Grenade"—were released to promote the album. Lead single "Just the Way You Are" was released on July 19, 2010, and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four consecutive weeks, going on to become an international top ten hit. "Grenade" was later announced as the second single, and has charted in the top ten in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, as well as becoming his second consecutive number one in the US and UK. "The Lazy Song" was released as the third official single from the album in Spring 2011, peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 and becoming his third consecutive number one single in the UK as a solo artist.

Doo-Wops & Hooligans charted at number three on the Billboard 200 and in the top ten of music charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. The album received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics. The usage of a wide variety of influences was noted by critics, with musical comparisons made to Michael Jackson and Jason Mraz. The album received two nominations for the 54th Grammy Awards in two categories, Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Mars embarked on a US headlining tour throughout November and December 2010 to promote the album.

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  Music and style
Primarily a pop album, Doo-Wops and Hooligans was noted by music writers for its diverse variety of influences. Certain songs on the album contain elements rock, reggae, R&B, soul, and hip hop. Ken Capobianco of The Boston Globe denoted "bright melodies" and "smooth pop" in the album's music. The Guardian's Alexis Petridis noted "takes on Michael Jacksonish pop soul, Coldplay-style arena rock and a stab at 1960s R&B", but added that the album's "default setting" is "acoustic pop-reggae" and recalls Mars' contribution to Travie McCoy's Billionaire", with "laid-back soft rock, with gentle reggae inflections, hang-loose sentiments and all." Jon Caramanica of The New York Times wrote that Mars has "a light, soul-influenced voice that's an easy fit in a range of styles", and that he and The Smeezingtons have "a firm grip on the full spectrum of black pop, and white pop as well." Music journalist Jody Rosen commented that the album's songs "move from power ballads to bedroom anthems to pop-reggae".

Mars' sound has drawn comparisons to Michael Jackson—especially the album's "atmospheric" opener "Grenade" to "Dirty Diana"—as well as to Jason Mraz. Other comparisons in style and sound made include "Grenade" to Kanye West and Shakira, "Just the Way You Are" to U2, "Our First Time" to "Boyz II Men" and singer-songwriters D'Angelo, Al B. Sure!, and Sade, "Runaway Baby" to Little Richard, "The Lazy Song" to Sugar Ray, "Marry You" to Coldplay, "Liquor Store Blues" to Bedouin Soundclash, and "Count on Me" to Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.

  Lyrical themes
Lyrically, many tracks have been described as "feel-good", carefree, and optimistic, including love song "Just the Way You Are" ("When you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while"), the friendship song "Count on Me" ("You can count on me like 1 2 3 / I'll be there"), and "Marry You", a song singing of a spontaneous marriage idea. In addition, "Runaway Baby" is a guitar-driven "snappy retro trip" and "The Lazy Song" is described as a "hymn to sloth" and a "surf stoner's anthem" ("I be loungin' on the couch just chillin' in my Snuggie / click to MTV so they can teach me how to Dougie"). On the other hand, darker subjects are addressed in "Grenade", the album's masochistic heartbreak song ("Take a bullet straight through my brain / Yes, I would die for ya baby"), "Talking to the Moon" ("Talking to the moon... / In hopes you're on the other side"), and the reggae track "Liquor Store Blues" ("I'll take one shot for my pain / One drag for my sorrow"). The experimental collaboration "The Other Side" was frequently noted as the album's highlight, being the most complicated and having the best production.

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# Name Artist Live Acoustic Hidden Duration
1-1 Grenade Bruno Mars       03:42
1-2 Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars       03:40
1-3 Our First Time Bruno Mars       04:03
1-4 Runaway Baby Bruno Mars       02:27
1-5 The Lazy Song Bruno Mars       03:15
1-6 Marry You Bruno Mars       03:50
1-7 Talking to the Moon Bruno Mars       03:27
1-8 Liquor Store Blues Bruno Mars       03:49
1-9 Count on Me Bruno Mars       03:16
1-10 The Other Side Bruno Mars       03:48
1-11 Grenade Bruno Mars       03:42
1-12 Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars       03:40
1-13 Our First Time Bruno Mars       04:03
1-14 Runaway Baby Bruno Mars       02:27
1-15 The Lazy Song Bruno Mars       03:15
1-16 Marry You Bruno Mars       03:50
1-17 Talking to the Moon Bruno Mars       03:27
1-18 Liquor Store Blues Bruno Mars       03:49
1-19 Count on Me Bruno Mars       03:16
1-20 The Other Side Bruno Mars       03:48

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