24K Magic

Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2016 Ratings: #589 / 905
User Score
Based on 579 ratings
2016 Ratings: #362
Liked by 11 people
November 18, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic / Label
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Bruno Mars’ new album is everything fans and critics hoped it would be. It’s funky, ferocious, soulful, sexy, romantic, and most of all it’s a bold switch up from the norm that hears the pint sized singer bypass the popular trap drum fad in favour of a project crafted entirely from the soul.

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

The Young Folks

Should it be a detriment that 24K Magic is a short throwback album? If it was boring, yes. Thankfully, Mars packs enough charisma and fun grooves to make up for a lack of tracks.

Entertainment Weekly

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


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.


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

God Is in the TV

The most immediate thing about 24K Magic is the impeccable production and how unapologetic Mars is about recreating his influences.

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.

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.
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.

Spectrum Culture

24K Magic may improve with time. For now, it’s hard not to feel underwhelmed.


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.

Slant Magazine

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

Rolling Stone

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

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.

The Observer
Bruno Mars charms his way through these opulently produced 90s-style R&B tunes.
FLOOD Magazine

Though it’s not without its missteps, 24K Magic is at its best when it returns to the more naturalistic neo-soul of his first and most organic album—without losing the swing.

The Independent

Despite early reports linking Bruno Mars with more hardcore/experimental dance producers such as Skrillex for this follow-up to the hugely successful Unorthodox Jukebox, the final product is a much tamer beast, taking its lead more from Mars’ position as frontman of Mark Ronson’s globe-girdling “Uptown Funk”.

pop is not a canser.

I vividly remember the time when Bruno Mars was at the very top of the game and you'd see his name plastered everywhere in the Unorthodox Jukebox era years ago. Bruno Mars was a radio darling (still is today, Toronto never seems to get sick of the guy)! You'd hear the same few songs on rotation in Toronto and Hamilton pop radio stations.

I had a friend back in 2012-13 that obsessed over Bruno Mars, to the point that it got really creepy. I remember how awkward our ... read more
My complete Bruno Mars discography ratings:

LP1 - 6
LP2 - 6
LP3 - 6

oh my god how CANT you love this
Better than his previous works but that still isn't saying much.

Best Track: 24K Magic
Worst Track: Versace On The Floor
* 24K Magic (10/10)
* Chuncky (10/10)
* Perm (7/10)
* That's What I Like (9/10)
* Versace On The Floor (9/10)
* Straight up & Down (8/10)
* Calling All My Lovelies (7/10)
* Finesse (9/10)
* Too Good To Say Goodbye (10/10)
* Finesse (Remix) (10/10)
* Uptown Funk (9/10)

Nota Final: 89/100
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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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Added on: October 7, 2016