Bruno Mars conjures up groovy, mature ’24K Magic’ in latest album

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Grade: B+

Bruno Mars has written some mega-hits — more mega-hits than most of his peers. Few artists have achieved the Mars effect: that is, releasing multiple singles that have been incredibly popular, often going platinum, from early hits such as “Grenade” to more recent (and even bigger) singles such as “Locked
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Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Special’ is funking incredible

Mark Ronson’s fourth studio album, Uptown Special, delivers a funky, intense and mystifying joyride that gradually transports the soul to early ’80s Los Angeles neo-noir a la the film “Drive.” Armed with carefully selected musicians who lend a bit of their own genres and identities to the tracks in which
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