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Bruno Mars

MATTHEW SINGER
7:30 pm., Monday July 22 | $39.50-$79.50.
Moda Center
1401 N Wheeler Ave.
 
[RADIO SOUL] Bruno Mars has a highly punchable voice. It’s not that he’s a bad singer, it’s just that there’s a gratingly slick, American Idol-level artificiality to his pop-R&B croon, rendering everything he sings cloyingly inauthentic—no matter how much he might actually mean it. That’s precisely why last year’s Unorthodox Jukebox was something of a stroke of genius, and kind of a new pop classic: The album’s entire concept is rooted in blatant inauthenticity. Every track sounds like an alternate version of a song you already know by heart. It’s basically Bruno Mars karaoke, with the diminutive Hawaiian-born studio-ghostwriter-cum-megastar unapologetically swagger-jacking everyone from Sam Cooke to Prince to the Police. The title is meant to be taken literally, and as it turns out, with Mars acting like the lead in a Broadway jukebox musical, he’s not just tolerable: He’s actually quite entertaining.

Where: Moda Center
Phone: 235-8771
Address: 1401 N Wheeler Ave.
Website: www.rosequarter.com

 
 

Moda Center

1401 N Wheeler Ave.
Portland, OR
 
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