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Doowops & Hooligans



R&B album is excellent; songs range from mellow to mature.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Positive messages about supporting the person you care for are juxtaposed with negative lines about being a player and trying to dull emotional pain through substance use.

Positive role models

A mixed bag of behaviors: acceptance and support for loved ones, but also viewing others as sexual conquests and engaging in excessive alcohol and drug use.


The song "Grenade" uses violent metaphors to describe everything a guy would endure for his girl: "I'd catch a grenade for ya ... fall on a blade for ya."


Some lyrics about sex -- "clothes are not required for what we got planned" -- and sexual situations -- "throw my hand in my pants."

Not applicable

Narnia, Frankenstein.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References to marijuana and alcohol.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Bruno Mars would record songs with such strikingly different maturity levels on this album. Does it broaden his audience?

  • Which type of song do you like better on this album -- the squeaky-clean tunes or the much more adult tracks? Why?

Music details

Artist:Bruno Mars
Release date:October 3, 2011
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old February 2, 2013

Full o' hits, the opposite of disappointing

Every single song is perfect, and the album varies in musical styles. However, there is violence and sexual content. The song 'Grenade' uses violent metaphors to describe how far the singer would go for a girl. The song 'Our First Time' is a mellow tune about the first time having sex. Other than that, this album is DEFINITELY worth buying. Good for kids 10 and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old November 29, 2014

Full of hit songs you'll recognize, as well as some new finds!

Great 2nd album by bruno mars (his 1st is really little known) with only a few eyebrow raising lines, which these days is a record number. Even if you don't know it, your kid has probably heard worse, so really compared to most other pop music it's nothing.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 March 13, 2014
I can't say this is my favorite album, but I think it has some of Bruno's best songs on it. As CSM said, some songs have better messages than others. "Just The Way You Are" has a great message about loving someone unconditionally, but songs like "Grenade" depict unhealthy relationships in which only one partner will do everything for their lover, but "you won't do the same". Also, "Runaway Baby" (which is really catchy) is about Bruno being a playa and breaking girls' hearts ("So you better run, run, run, run, runaway, baby, before I put my spell on you"). Violence: As CSM mentioned, violent metaphors are used in "Grenade", such as taking a bullet for someone and going through "so much pain". Sex: Some sexual innuendo in songs. There's one euphemism in "Runaway Baby" ("I've only got one carrot and they've all gotta share it"). Also, "sexy" is used in "Just The Way You Are".
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex


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