Flash poll: Do you prefer your girls young and wild, or just young?
That’s the internal debate we’re having today, as Bruno Mars debuted another amazing track from his forthcoming LP Unorthodox Jukebox. The only problem is—we’re not quite sure what to call it. Is it called simply “Young Girls,” as Idolator and other blogs have dubbed it, or “Young Wild Girls,” which is what everyone called it when Bruno performed the song on SNL?
Either way the song is a hit, with Mars once again crafting his vintage obsessions into a sound that’s nostalgic and modern all at once. The influences are clear—Bruno’s vocal phrasing is straight out of the ’60s, the synth line is pure ’80s, and the tribal percussion backing the whole thing up would be right at home on any Kanye cut circa 2010—but the result is unmistakably Bruno.We’re pretty confident then that “Locked Out of Heaven” wasn’t a fluke after all: Bruno really did make a leap between Doo Wops & Hooligans and Unorthodox Jukebox. We want to sing along, but something tells us maybe we should wait until Halloween is over.