Just heard the studio version. It's okay I suppose, but Lambo went on and on about how happy he is to have co-written most of the album and how it's the kind of music he most wants to make... so why lead the album with a Bruno Mars cover?
#1. The label picks the singles not Adam.
#2. This is the song Radio PD's wanted
#3. This is NOT a cover. Bruno wrote the song but it has not been released before now. The Bruno version online was a songwriting demo made to shop the song around.
When it comes to radio at this point in time Adam needs to give them what they want so they will actually play the fucking song. In a perfect world I'm sure Adam would have loved to release Trespassing or Cuckoo but radio is all about politics and NCOE is the song that radio chose out of the tracks they were polled with. As for the songs Adam didn't write he clearly said they had to be songs that he felt he connected with in order to make the album. The sentiment of this song is very much in keeping with Adam's personality and history. The pop music world is not nearly as snooty as the rock world about who writes stuff and Adam never said he was going to write ALL of the songs only MOST which is in fact true, he has co-written MOST of the songs on the album.