It's Better If You Don't Understand

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It's Better If You Don't Understand
EP by Bruno Mars
Released May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11)
Recorded 2009–10
Genre Pop, reggae,[1] R&B
Length 13:32
Label Atlantic, Elektra,[2] Fueled by Ramen[1]
Producer Bruno Mars (exec.), The Smeezingtons, Keshown Cassell
Bruno Mars chronology
It's Better If You Don't Understand
Doo-Wops & Hooligans

It's Better If You Don't Understand is the first extended play (EP) and debut release by American singer-songwriter and music producer Bruno Mars, released on May 11, 2010 as a digital-only EP.[3] The title of the EP comes from the last line on "The Other Side".[4] All the songs from It's Better If You Don't Understand were later included on Mars' debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010). The EP peaked at number 99 on Billboard 200, and at number 97 on the UK Singles Chart.


"The Other Side" was released as the first song released from the EP on July 2010. The song features guest vocals of Atlanta-based rappers Cee Lo Green and B.o.B.[4] The music video for "The Other Side" was directed by Nick Bilardello and Cameron Duddy, and premiered on MTV's website on August 23, 2010.[5] "The Other Side", "Count on Me", and "Talking to the Moon" were later included in the standard edition of Mars' debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010), while "Somewhere in Brooklyn" was included as a bonus track to the deluxe edition of the album.[6] The song was also added to the set list of Mars' Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour.[7]


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4.5/5 stars[8]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Bill Lamb of complimented the EP, noting the tracks "cover a quite wide range of pop pleasure" and "...should be on your radio."[8] Allmusic's David Jeffres also gave a positive review, calling the EP a "surprisingly sparse effort that leans towards pop while focusing on the man’s songwriting."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

On the week of May 29, 2010, It's Better if You Don't Understand debuted at number ninety-nine on Billboard 200, where it stayed on the chart for only one week. The EP also did managed to peak at number thirteen on Billboard Digital Albums.[9] It's Better if You Don't Understand also made into the United Kingdom singles chart, where it peaked at number ninety-seven on the week of August 28, 2010.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written and produced by The Smeezingtons (Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine).
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Somewhere in Brooklyn"   Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine The Smeezingtons 3:01
2. "The Other Side"   Mars, Lawrence, Levine, Brody Brown, Mike Caren, Patrick Stump, Kaveh Rastegar, John Wicks, Jeremy Ruzumna, Joshua Lopez, Bobby Simmons, Jr. The Smeezingtons 3:48
3. "Count on Me"   Mars, Lawrence, Levine The Smeezingtons 3:16
4. "Talking to the Moon"   Mars, Lawrence, Levine, Albert Winkler, Jeff Bhasker The Smeezingtons 3:27



Release history[edit]

Region Date Label(s) Format
United States[2] May 11, 2010 Atlantic, Elektra Digital download
France[11] August 11, 2010 Warner
United Kingdom[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e Jeffries, David. "It's Better If You Don't Understand > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "It's Better If You Don't Understand: Bruno Mars". Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Bruno Mars Blasts Off Into the Top Ten Albums Chart on iTunes With New Digital EP; Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter/Producer Follows B.o. B's #1 Blockbuster, "Nothin' On You" With Much-Anticipated Solo Debut; Four-Song EP Features Guest Appearances From B.o. B and the Legendary Cee Lo Green; Major TV Performances Slated Throughout May; "IT'S BETTER IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND" Arrives at All Digital Retailers Today" (Press release). Marketwire. May 11, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Fried, Melanie (July 16, 2010). "Bruno Mars Brings Cee-Lo to 'The Other Side'". Billboard. Nielsen Media Research. Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bruno Mars - "The Other Side "". MTV. August 23, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Deluxe) (+video) (+digital booklet)". Amazon MP3. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ Escudero, Nicki (November 21, 2010). "Bruno Mars at Martini Ranch Last Night (VIDEO)". Phoenix New Times. Kurtis Barton. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Lamb, Bill. "Bruno Mars - It's Better If You Don't Understand". Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bruno Mars Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Chart Stats - Bruno Mars - It's Better You Don't Understand". Chart Stats. Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ "It's Better If You Don't Understand: Bruno Mars" (in French). Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  12. ^ "It's Better If You Don't Understand: Bruno Mars". Retrieved September 17, 2010.