By Pat Carbone -1851 Contributor
When news first broke about the collaboration between Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars, people were already calling for them to receive the Grammy for album of the year. After just over eight months, “An Evening with Silk Sonic” has finally arrived.
Released on November 12, this nine-track album clocks in at 31 minutes and 19 seconds, delivering a funk and R&B-riddled project that lives up to all the hype it had built. Their debut single, “Leave the Door Open,” reached the Billboard Hot 100’s number one spot and gave listeners a glimpse of what would come next. Following their debut came “Skate” and “Smokin’ Out the Window,” which would continue to grow the excitement for the entire album’s release.
The first thing fans tended to notice was the album’s short length. However, after a complete listen to the entire project, the phrase “quality over quantity” comes to mind. Yes, it was a little disappointing the album wasn’t longer. But any die-hard music fan would rather have a short album with all great songs over a lengthy album with a few good and bad songs.
Personally, the only thing that made me worry about this album was whether each artist got their time to shine or if it would focus predominantly on one, specifically Mars. However, I was happily proved wrong as .Paak got to take center stage multiple times throughout the album. Especially on the track “Fly as Me,” which mixes funk and traditional .Paak lyrics to give listeners a song to listen to when self-confidence is high.
Not surprisingly, Mars put on a spectacle on multiple occasions with his vocal range reminding us why he is one of the biggest pop stars of our generation. Look no further than “Put on a Smile,” an emotional song where Mars and .Paak share their struggles with heartbreak. Mars is able to reach unbelievable notes to emphasize the pain and struggle of what it is like to lose somebody you love.
As mentioned before, there isn’t a bad song on the album. Some standouts include “Blast Off, “Put on a Smile,” “After Last Night (with Thundercat & Bootsy Collins), and “Smokin’ Out the Window.” Not that it wasn’t a good song, but the weakest song on the project would probably go to “777”. It’s basically just a recap of Silk Sonic’s trip to Las Vegas. However, it is still a fun and energetic song to jam out to.
Overall, “An Evening with Silk Sonic” received a final score of 8/10. Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak left fans wanting more and wanting more soon. The question is, will we get to see Silk Sonic return for a second album?