Bruno Mars: The Billboard Cover Story

77 Billboard Rating

BRUNO MARS
It Will Rain (4:17)
Producer: The Smeezingtons
Writers: Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine
Publishers: Various
Summit/Chop Shop/Elektra/Atlantic

Bruno Mars's latest single, "It Will Rain," expands on the darker insecurities first seen in the singer's Hot 100 chart-topper "Grenade" -- which is why the track made the cut for the "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" original soundtrack due next month. "It Will Rain" starts out with a menacing, dissonant crescendo, but resolves in a light simple piano riff that the pop crooner uses frequently. Tight harmonies and haunting backup vocals compliment the aching lyrics: "If you ever leave me baby/Leave some morphine at my door…If you walk away/Everyday it will rain." The ballad's use of percussion and the solemn chord progression actually recall OneRepublic's oeuvre more than Mars' sunny hits, but for fans of Mars pitch-perfect vocals and his knack for warbling about women troubles, the man once again delivers.

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