After much hype, Bruno Mars premiered his new single “Locked Out Of Heaven” Monday night (October 1). It’s the lead single off his sophomore LP Unorthodox Jukebox (out December 11), and though it’s retro, it mines a completely different era than the fedoras-and-bouffants epoch from Doo-Wops & Hooligans. This time, Mars has channeled new wave, of all things. The angular guitars and Mars’ Sting-like staccato delivery are heavily indebted to The Police, but then the chorus goes into straight synth-pop territory.
There are even hints of Foster The People on the omnipresent “eh-eh-eh-eh-ooo” punctuating the beat. It’s a vibrant song that Mars spends mostly in his upper registers, singing “You make me feel like / I been locked out of heaven / For too long.” (See the full “Locked Out Of Heaven” lyrics here.) Needless to say, it is a complete change-up from his prior singles, and shows an interesting musical evolution. Listen to it after the jump.