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Album review | Pop

Bruno Mars offers romance, reggae, and raunch in latest

Sounds like Bruno Mars is trying to rough up his image a bit on his strong, if sometimes oddly lyrically aggressive, second album.

The affable, unabashed romantic crooner of “Grenade” and “Just the Way You Are” remains in tunes like the gorgeous, regret-filled piano ballad “When I Was Your Man” and the retro-soul closer “If I Knew.”

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