You will probably never see me plunking down ten bucks for a Bruno Mars CD as his pop music tends to be too sweet for my taste but I cannot deny his amazing talent. Not only does he have just the right combination of smoothness and grit to his voice, he approaches melodies in a sincere way making sure never to over sing or apply vocal gymnastics to melodies that do not require them. You cannot escape hearing him on the radio but live performances like this one or him and Travie McCoy doing "Billionare" at the beach acoustically put a smile on my face. In these casual performances you also get a sense that Mars is just a sweet guy who is fun to be around. Apart from his amazing talent as a singer, songwriter- this likability is one of his best assets.
-- Adler Bloom