24K Magic

Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #569 / 758
User Score
Based on 292 ratings
2016 Ratings: #487
November 18, 2016 / Release Date
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Atlantic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

86
HipHopDX

With just the stroke of his pen, Bruno shattered his own expectations and handed us bangers on top of bangers with 24K Magic.

83
Entertainment Weekly

With only nine songs, there’s not an ounce of fat on Magic, and nearly every track sounds like Top 40 gold.

80
AllMusic

On his third album, Mars, joined primarily by old comrades Philip Lawrence, Brody Brown, and James Fauntleroy, sheds the reggae and new wave inspirations and goes all-out R&B.

80
NME

Few albums designed to sound like a party actually play like one, but Bruno Mars has pulled it off with style.

75
A.V. Club

24K Magic is easily his most cohesive and enjoyable collection, an escapist record that comes by its evocations of the past honestly.

70
The Needle Drop
Pop phenom Bruno Mars throws it back to the sounds of synth funk and R&B from 30 years ago. The result is his best album yet.
67
Consequence of Sound

What elevates 24K Magic beyond pure pastiche relegated to wedding playlists is how well Mars, brimming with swagger and schmaltz, sells the flossy fantasy.

62
Pitchfork

If “Uptown Funk” was the theme-park version of one sliver of funk, 24K Magic is the rest of the park: rebuilt shinier and glitzier and safer, every element engineered to please more than the real thing, and with a hell of a tour guide.

60
Slant Magazine

Bruno Mars's third album, 24K Magic, is a tidy, if derivative, antidote to today's overthought, overwrought pop. 

60
Rolling Stone

While his funk game is strong and swagger is stronger, Bruno's acclaimed hook-writing has seemingly taken a backseat.

60
The Guardian

For those who are on board ... his third album will further the impression that he’s Barry Manilow in 90s R&B clothing: a writer of bothersomely memorable hooks, and a singer of great likability.

BuffaloStaple
82
I love this shit man, I didn't know he had this album in him. It's short, concise and to the point, which is something very rare for artists as big as Bruno, and he captures this old school 80s electro-funk sound excellently on damn near every track. Chunky & Calling All My Lovelies were the only 2 tracks where I felt the album was lacking a little bit, but even then I still like those 2 tracks, I don't skip them or anything. 24k Magic doesn't overstay it's welcome and Bruno's vocal ... read more
aaron
35
The Grammys are so contrived, as for this album it does its job well, it gets you moving, but since the syncopation cheat code is so well known, being able to make someone to move isn't anything new.

This album is all just so unoriginal, so average. As I was listening to it I felt like I'd heard it before, sure its a great iteration of Bruno Mars anything is better than the Grenade-era, a tiny step backwards from his previous release imo and ughh nothing new here, nothing gained. Sigh, tries ... read more
exception
62
It's a tolerable set of attempted 80's pop revival tracks, but 24K Magic loses its charm about 3 tracks in, making the rest of the album very repetitive and boring.
Tarantino
61
i can't believe this won aoty over melodrama and damn....
Rob_StA
74
Favorite Tracks:
That’s What I Like
Straight Up & Down
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Track List

  1. 24K Magic
  2. Chunky
  3. Perm
  4. That’s What I Like
  5. Versace On The Floor
  6. Straight Up & Down
  7. Calling All My Lovelies
  8. Finesse
  9. Too Good To Say Goodbye
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