On his solo debut, Bruno Mars was all about the days of yore, with his affinity for the old school manifesting itself in his music, videos and style. If the video for "Locked Out of Heaven," the first single from his upcoming sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox is any indication, then the yesteryears are still his greatest influence. This time around, Mars trades in his squeaky clean doo-wop sensibilities for the grittier feel of '80's rock. Doing his best Sting vocal impersonation, the video provides a fun blast-from-the-past trip to a time when the videos were fuzzy, concerts were sweaty and the partying was hard. Bruno and Co. get even the smallest of details right, from the cheesy video effects on down to his head full of pseudo jheri curls. As for the song itself, it's a slight departure from the slicker sound that dominated his highly successful 2010 debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. I doubt it'd do little to deter his female-dominated fanbase as the lyrics prove that even behind this edgier exterior still lies a good old-fashioned hunt for love. Unorthodox Jukebox
is due out December 11th.