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Review: 'An Evening With Silk Sonic' is a blast from the past

When “Leave The Door Open” first released this dynamic duo had music lovers in a choke-hold. Now one of the highly anticipated albums of the year is finally here.

Bruno Mars has been a titan in the music industry since the early 2010’s with hit songs like “Grenade," “Treasure” and “That’s What I Like.”Now, Mars has paired with the multi-talented Anderson. Paak to create a Jordan and Pippen duo in the music industry. The pair have given themselves the title of Silk Sonic and have been taking their fans back to the funky and stylistic sound of the 70s.

Silk Sonic has just released their debut project titled An Evening With Silk Sonic, only nine tracks long including the introduction. This album is short and sweet and is made only on the purpose to make fun and entertaining music. Here are the highlight pieces of this extraordinary collaboration:

“Leave The Door Open”

The first track to start us off to this nine track EP was released all the way back on March 5, 2021. This song has aged beautifully and is the perfect song to introduce us to this sleek sound. The chemistry in this song is on full display as well with the call and response throughout their verses. Just like many songs, they pay tribute to artists like Michael Jackson with his iconic “Shamone” or Jimi Hendrix when they mention “Purple Haze”.

“After Last Night (with Thundercat & Bootsy Collins)”

“After Last Night” is one of the more sensual singles from this album and the only track with any features. Collaborating with the iconic funkmaster Bootsy Collins, known for his work with James Brown and Parliament- Funkadelia, and with the rising bassist Thundercat. This is a great slow jam that will be in anyone's head all day after listening.

“Smokin Out The Window”

The final single release before the album dropped may be the standout song, even among this great selection. This may be due to the standout chorus and video. According to an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine this was their first song together. These lyrics are powerful and a standout when compared to the rest of their discography which is more known for their love songs. 

“Blast Off”

The finale to this silky album is the send off for this EP that we needed. “Blast Off” would make the king and founder of Motown Berry Gordy proud. This song feels as if the artist is fading off and actually “blasting off into the sky." The outro makes this album that much greater and sounds as if the curtain are finally closing. 

This will be one of the most memorable albums to an already great year. I would give this album an 8.5 out of 10