• Amelia Cavanaugh

Music - Silk Sonic Album Review

After a five year hiatus, Bruno Mars returned in a duo with Anderson .Paak in their project entitled Silk Sonic. They started strong by releasing "Leave the Door Open," which charted as number three on Billboard's Top 100 less than a month after its initial release and is currently nominated for a Grammy Award for R&B Performance. Along with "Leave the Door Open, " the duo released "Silk Sonic Intro" which featured bassist Bootsy Collins, who was prominent in the rise of funk in the 1970s. An Evening With Silk Sonic is now nominated for a Grammy Award for the entire record. Bruno Mars released his first album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, in 2010, which was only his start to becoming one of the most well-known artists of the 2010s. He started at five years old as an Elvis impersonator, which even landed him a role in a major motion picture starring Nicolas Cage. Anderson .Paak was signed by Dr. Dre and was featured on his album Compton.

An Evening With Silk Sonic is an album full of hits. The four singles featured on the album are "Silk Sonic Intro," "Leave the Door Open," (which were both released prior to the album being released) "Skate," and "777." These singles and all of the songs on the album draw heavily on 1970s funk and R&B. Some of the bands that they draw inspiration from include Earth, Wind & Fire and Parliament, which were two of the largest funk and R&B bands of the 70s. They also incorporate more recent styles in R&B and Rap. For example, in "Fly As Me" Anderson .Paak essentially raps the verses while the horn section is reminiscent of the song "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire. This album both pays homage to earlier styles of R&B and Funk while advancing both genres. If you would like to explore more of Silk Sonic’s influences, try Prince, Kool & the Gang, Michael Jackson, or Marvin Gaye.


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