A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Doowops & Hooligans is a mixed bag of mellow and mature content. On the one hand, some sweet songs couldn't be cleaner, such as "Just the Way You Are." Yet other tunes describe a guy's attempts to land one casual sexual conquest after another, as well as drinking and marijuana use. Parents of tweens are better off downloading tracks versus purchasing the entire album.
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What's the story?
The first full-length album from super-smooth R&B crooner Bruno Mars, the Grammy-nominated DOOWOPS & HOOLIGANS, contains 10 songs that are all over the map content-wise. Some tunes like "Just the Way You Are" and "Count on Me" couldn't be cleaner or more endearing, describing a guy's love and devotion for his favorite girl. Yet other songs, including "Runaway" and "Liquor Store Blues," cover just about every adult topic there is, from casual sex to drug and alcohol use.
Is it any good?
There's a reason why everyone from Eminem to B.o.B. has asked Bruno Mars to contribute vocals to their music: he has killer pipes. In his own album, the pure, airy quality of his vocals combines with various arrangements ranging from reggae to R&B, making for a super-catchy record that could serve as the backdrop for any good time.