It feels like Bruno Mars has spent his entire career trying to make a song like “Versace on the Floor.” The newest taste from 24K Magic is another in a long line of Bruno Mars slow jams, but whereas previous hits have been saccharine, there’s a sensuality to “Versace” that was lacking in those past hits. The song’s sparkling synths set the tone, and Mars delivers his best vocal performance in this type of setting. Case in point, not many artists could deliver a line such as, “I love that dress but you won’t need it no more” or “let’s just kiss till we’re naked” with a straight face, let alone without an audible groan from its audience. But Bruno Mars sells the song expertly, which isn’t necessarily a surprise – he’s become one of our better showmen – but is still refreshing. After all that practice, he’s perfected the art of the slow jam. That’s something to lift your lighter to.
24K Magic is out November 18.