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"Treasure" (CD Single)

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Upbeat song gets funky with disco beats; get edited version.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

While the song focuses on appearances a lot ("Pretty girl you should be smiling / A girl like you should never look so blue"), the overarching message is how much Mars values his lady and wants her to feel loved and appreciated.

Positive role models

Mars shows a positive and upbeat attitude about relationships in this track.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

While Mars croons about how sexy his lady is ("You're wonderful, flawless, ooh you're a sexy lady"), the innuendo doesn't go beyond admiring her looks.

Language

In the explicit version of the song, the intro has a computerized voice saying "Baby squirrel, you's a sexy mother f---er," which is also played in the music video. The rest of the song has no iffy language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Treasure" is a fun and funky single from Bruno Mars' album Unorthodox Jukebox. While the explicit version of the song and music video do feature one use of the f-word, the clean version and the rest of the song have no iffy language. And since it has no references to drugs or alcohol, violence, or sex, the track is fine for older tweens and up.

What's the story?

"TREASURE," the third single from Bruno Mars' album Unorthodox Jukebox, is a retro tribute to disco and his lady love. Upbeat and funky, this single, and the cheesy (but fun!) music video show Mars pouring on the appreciation for his "treasure." Parents will love the '70s- and '80s-style effects in the video.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

After not showing enough appreciation for his girl in "When I Was Your Man," Mars is laying it on thick with "Treasure." But while the lyrics are a little cloying, it's impossible not to get up and dance to this disco-inspired track. And you can't help but laugh through the montage of dated video effects in the hilarious music video. Mars and team obviously had a blast making it and their enthusiasm is infectious. This is definitely a feel-good track that fans of Michael Jackson should love.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Mars' influences. How was this song influenced by Michael Jackson? What other influences do you hear in his other music?

  • Do you think the intro to the song with profanity was necessary? Do you think it adds anything to the track?

  • What do you think of the music video? Why do you think Mars chooses to make his videos look like they were filmed in other eras?

Music details

Artist:Bruno Mars
Release date:June 17, 2013
Type:Single
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 11 years old December 27, 2013

Good song, but buy the clean version.

In the beginning, in the dirty version, it says, "Baby squirrel, you's a s--y mother******. It is a good song, but BUY THE CLEAN VERSION.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old August 21, 2014

Review

Get the edited version as the start says sexy mother-cker so whithout it the song is good so get The EDITED VERSION which is clean for kids.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old May 9, 2014

good song with catchy beat, and appropriate subject matter

my 5 year old cousin loves this song, and so do i! although there's a horribly sexist line @ the beginning that's not really in the spirit of the song, u can get the clean version and it won't be there. has similar message as "just the way you are". in this song, he's trying to tell his girlfriend to be herself ("you're wonderful, flawless, ooh you're a sexy lady. but u walk around here like u wanna be someone else). great song!
What other families should know
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