In living color, decked out with a rattling breakbeat and zipping bassline, "Finesse" revisits the era when producers like Teddy Riley, Dave "Jam" Hall, and Dr.
Freeze pushed their genre forward by fusing hip-hop to what they learned from electronic post-disco R&B pioneered by Leon Sylvers III, Kashif, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
‘I like his stance and how he carries himself.’ she said.
Sonically, '80s here means the gamut and the aftershocks felt the following decade, from the sparking midtempo groove in "Chunky," which recalls Shalamar even more than album two's "Treasure," to some full-blooded new jack swing moves.
He's often just ampin' like Bobby, yet the performances are undeniable, dealt out with all the determination and attitude of a kid who just bought a custom lavender Razz with his paper route money.
Lead single "24K Magic" is a scrupulous compound of early-'80s funk tricks, another needed injection of good-time energy into commercial airwaves, but the album's true triumph is buried near the end -- not that it takes long to get there -- and scrapes the dawn of the '90s.
Pop music fans can't turn on the radio without hearing a Bruno Mars tune in the mix.
Mars, born Peter Gene Hernandez, moved from his native Hawaii -- where he impersonated Elvis Presley in his family's band at age 4 -- to Los Angeles to pursue a music career, initially writing music for artists like Flo Rida and Travie Mc Coy.