Retro with funky vibe best describes Locked Out Of Heaven. The track, taken from American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars’s sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox, was released on the 1st day of October 2012. Since then the groovy song has been busy climbing up the music charts peaking at #4 on US Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the UK Singles.
Critics gave Locked Out Of Heaven positive reviews acknowledging the New Wave influences of the 80s. The song showcases Mars’ smooth voice and talent. Although there are points in the track that makes you ache for something more, especially in the refrain, the melody is redeemed by the refined and intelligent lyrics that are becoming a rarity at this day and age. Bruno Mars’ restraint whether intentional or not is refreshing and certainly inviting.
Continuing its vintage theme, the music video of Locked Out Of Heaven features a fun take on the old music videos of the 70s and 80s. Some fan comments even note how the entire feel of the song is reminiscent of Sting and the Police.
If Bruno Mars’ latest single is a taste of what’s coming from his sophomore album then then it’s safe to say: we can hardly wait.