It’s been said a million times but there’s no harm in saying it just once more: When Bruno Mars takes advantage of the talent he has on hand within his massive entourage of bandmates, the result is very often songs which embody the very heart & soul of The Police during their Reggae Punk days, no finer an example of this existing than “Locked Out Of Heaven” – Taking the form of an upbeat Dance Funk number, this track sees Mars & crew delivering some of their funkiest riffs – for the time – with a modern-day twist, utilizing synth instrumentation & Pop sensibilities to form a song that’s colourfully expressive & sonically captivating; Brisk basslines with a mean pluck to them & clean guitars hold down the Reggae vibes during each verse with a staccato energy while wonderfully-resonant sci-fi synth pads & echo-laden Stadium Rock drums make up the bulk of the choruses, giving the decidedly casual tone from the earlier portions of the song a massive uptick in emotional heft, turning this entertainingly goofy narrative into an impressive display of love & passion.
Speaking of narratives, Mars’ lyrics take things up a notch from his generally-sweet vocal stylings in earlier records to a more mature & sexually-oriented realm, still flirtatious & delicate in implementation but packed with an underlying sex appeal which mimics the calm, collected attitude of such sex symbols as Sting or even Michael Jackson; Placed over such bright & playful instrumentation, Mars is given the opportunity to really play with vocal variations, hitting Motown-like rhythmic patterns while shooting up & down the melodic scale with a dynamism that’s truly unique among his contemporaries, able to mingle around somber low-range melodies one second & suddenly hit crackling highs the next in an impress display of vocal prowess – When taking a look at the accompanying music video, it comes off at first like your run-of-the-mill faux-live production mandated by the record company wherein a hot Artist is given a decent budget with nice cameras & asked to just fill a room with adoring fans for a party video; Anywhere else, this would’ve been a boring, passable video production with a predictable narrative & a fairly passive crowd, but the extras who’re seen in it are absolutely losing their minds, dancing up on stage with Mars & putting their all into dancing around in the audience. The best part about it all is that this is a fairly accurate representation for what it’s actually like at a live Mars concert, not only showcasing his showmanship but just how hyped he can make a crowd by including them in every activity, making this song & its video one of the best endorsements for how much fun you could be having listening to or watching him.
Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine
"Locked Out of Heaven" is a song by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars from his second studio album, Unorthodox Jukebox (2012). It was released as the lead single from the album on October 1, 2012. The song was written by Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine of The Smeezingtons, and produced by Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie and The Smeezingtons. "Locked Out of Heaven" is a reggae rock song influenced by new wave and funk. The song's lyrics are about the rapturous feelings brought about by a relationship infused with positive emotion as well as euphoria from sex.