The Problem With... Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song"


I've never really considered Bruno Mars' music to be especially industrious. I just imagine that, one morning, some music-industry toady stuck a bunch of magnetic letters on a fridge, spelled out Jason Mraz, shuffled all the letters around and got the name "Bruno Mars."

The whole idea behind Bruno seems a bit lazy like that.

So I give credit to Mars' new single, "The Lazy Song," for being honest -- because all of Bruno's hits are sorta effortless pop tunes.

This particular track has a Sublime-ish, Pacific ska flair, complete with a ukulele and everything. (Thanks, Train, for bringing that back.) Mraz's track "I'm Yours" also comes to mind.

But this one has both of those songs beat on at least one front: The lyrics, while, indeed, quite lazy, are rife with perishable cultural references. I somehow doubt that lines about Snuggies and P90X will hold up over time. Consider this: If Bruno wrote a song referring to the Sobakawa cloud pillow, Tae-Bo and the Macarena, would you still listen to it?

Plus, if you're working out and doing P90x, aren't you kind of doing something? Isn't that the whole premise of their infomercials?

Meanwhile, the video for "The Lazy Song" follows a pseudo-viral video theme, cribbing from OK Go's playbook of thrifty, choreographed, single-cut videos. Yet, Bruno's video doesn't have any cool tricks like dogs with buckets or treadmills. Comparatively, it's just a lazy attempt.

So lazy, in fact, that I'm gonna spite it by getting up and doing something today. Take that, Mars.
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Heisdeadyouidiot
Heisdeadyouidiot

If liking pre fab generic industry shill music is considered "good taste" in music, than I'm proud to say I have horrible taste in music. This guy is a fucking joke, and 5 years from now he'll be on some VH1 retrospective list of pathetic wanna be's.

Darrenmaynard
Darrenmaynard

He is so awful...makes me want to vomit.  His fans disgust me.  I am glad I am not the only one who sees through his bullshit lyrics.

He also needs to cut his hair.  He looks like a dumbass.

IMASUCKERFORBRUNOMARS
IMASUCKERFORBRUNOMARS

SORRY MAN JUST GO AD CHECK THE LYRICS AGAIN PLZ! AND I THINK HE SANG IT OUT LOUD : TODAY I DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING ANYTHING 

HE IS NOT DUM! THEN GO GET A LIFE , STOP THE CRITICS ABOUT BRUNO MARS AND START CRITICISING YO SELF ! I'LL HELP YOU WITH A HINT : 1ST YOUR JEALOUS YOU CAN NOW FIND OUT THE OTHERS :) GO TO HELL BRUNO MARS IS THE BEST :) <3 

Manuloffler
Manuloffler

Bruno is the best all he does is wonderful!

James Jackson
James Jackson

Haha this guy writing this is crap plus the funny thing is the video is all done in one shot which is harder then most music videos

Tjackson
Tjackson

Haha this guy writing this is crap plus the funny thing is the video is all done in one shot which is harder then most music videos

Wowreally
Wowreally

This is bull shit. Bruno Mars is a downright legend. His songs aren't crap. Whoever wrote this article doesn't know a think about music. They're just looking for their next person to bring down so they can bring themselves up. Guess what? Bruno's sales say otherwise. Suck it.

destiny
destiny

what is this bs? just shut up hater you could not have written a worse article on Bruno Mars. if you don't think Bruno Mars is talented then you must either be deaf or have very very bad taste in music. He's the best singer out there nowadays. His voice is awesome, his songs are catchy and relatable. I saw that you also wrote 2 other articles called the The Problem With... Bruno Mars' "Grenade"and The Problem With... Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are." wtf have some class at least. jealousy sucks.BRUNO MARS IS THE TRUTH!!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Oh fuck you. Seriously, fuck you. Bruno Mars FUCKING SUCKS and so do you for thinking he has an'y talent whatsoever. Seriously, I wish somebody would throw a grenade at that talentless pile of rabbit dung. Fuck Bruno Mars and anybody that likes his music. PS- I don't care if this guy sells a lot of records(as several of you have pointed out.) It doesn't mean he's good or talented. In this case, it simply means the majority of the consumer public are tasteless douchebag morons.

kate
kate

fuck you man. bruno mars is a beast, I would like to see you try and do better.

Jeremy
Jeremy

I could record myself taking a shit in the bathtub and it would sound a billion times better than anything Bruno Mars has ever sung. It would stink less too.

cannon
cannon

"Plus, if you're working out and doing P90x, aren't you kind of doing something? Isn't that the whole premise of their infomercials?"

- the line says hes doing it "tommorow"... so today he actually still isnt doing anything

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