Monday, April 22, 2024

(Listen) Bruno Mars’ Latest Throwback “Skate” Makes for Ebullient Summer of Soul Revival


Bruno Mars is having his own throwback summer of soul. His single with Anderson Paak, “Leave the Door Open.” sounded like it came from 1974. Now the new one, “Skate,” picks that up again. WBLS never sounded so good! Hal Jackson is smiling in heaven. “Skate” is so ebullient, you will be dancing in the car, on the beach, at the vax center. Bruno Mars is like an anthropologist. He’s done his Police thing with “Locked in Heaven,” his funk thing with “Uptown Funk,” and now he’s trying on these tie dyed bell bottoms. Dance, kids!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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