Uplifting; effervescent; boyish and playful. When we hear [lastfm]Bruno Mars[/lastfm]’ soulful, sweet tenor, we think of him as that carefree, island boy with the impish energy of Peter Pan and the heart of 1960s civil rights activist.
When we saw the video for our favorite song from Doo-Wops and Hooligans, “Grenade,” we were both shocked by the serious (and slightly suicidal) tone of the video and its dark innuendos.
It’s a sure sign that the soul singer cannot be readily label; Bruno Mars is a beautifully complex young man.
In the video, Bruno Mars pulls a piano around Los Angeles, seemingly on an exhausting and treacherous mission to croon about his unrequited love to the vicious young woman who scorned him. Seeing that she is with another man, Mars is last seen pulling his piano in the dark towards an oncoming train, singing “yes, I would die for you/but you won’t do the same.”
We were left at the end of the video, wrenching off tears into our post-it notes. If Mars wanted to make us pine away for lost loves and destroy the last semblance of faux-composure we had in our hearts, he did a good job.
While we love the video, we can see a lot of people being up-in-arms about the suicidal tone. The video is perfectly appropriate for the song, but visualizing the possibility of committing suicide for someone you love has more impact than just the words themselves.
Regardless, Mars’ new video may be painful to watch, but it’s a perfect piece of art that should be appreciated for the way it poignantly captures Mars’ raw emotions.