Bieber Brings an Older Sound with “Believe”


This is not your little sister’s Justin Bieber.

Believe, which releases on June 19, has been cited as Bieber’s “coming of age” album. The album boasts featured artists Ludacris (who collaborated on Bieber’s breakout single, “Baby”), Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, and Drake. A majority of the songs on the album are penned or co-written by the Biebz, which is indicative to how personal this album may or may not be.

[Image from Billboard.com]

The first single, “Boyfriend”, is a track that caught many people off guard. The song, penned by singer-songwriters Mike Posner and Mat Musto, has Bieber whispering seductively into the listener’s ear, telling his female audience how things would be if she was his girlfriend. It’s an interesting R&B track, and essentially puts all the jokes about Bieber’s voice to rest.

While his songs with Ludacris and Big Sean are the current promotional singles, one of my favorites off of the album is his song with female MC Nicki Minaj called “Beauty and a Beat.” The dance/pop collaboration hooks listeners in with the chorus, “All I need/Is a beauty and a beat/To make my life complete.” The best part of the song, however, is Nicki Minaj’s odd (and hilarious) shoutout to Bieber’s longtime girlfriend, Selena Gomez. That’s one you’re going to have to listen to for yourself.

“Right Here”, a collab with Canadian rapper Drake, is an mellow R&B track with the rapper singing the hook. “Right Here” is one of the slower songs of the album, and is reminiscent of Drake’s song “Say Something.” Truthfully, I’m not a Drake fan, but I enjoyed this song, and kept coming back to it.

This album may make some people cringe. Like the pop stars of years before, Bieber is at the stage where he has to change gears from the innocence of songs like “Baby” and “One Less Lonely Girl” to prove that he can be more versatile and can remain relevant in the pop industry. Because of this, the songs are undeniably more “sexy” and the lyrics fit an older audience; As the artist gets older, the subject matter gets older as well. For those who still associate Bieber with the songs from My World and My World 2.0, this album will be really uncomfortable for you to listen to.

Based on the first listen through, Believe is an album that may grow on me, but as of now, I say pass on it, and either listen to it on Spotify or Youtube, or wait for a sibling or a friend to buy it.

Honorable mention to “Fairytale”, a collaboration with Jaden Smith. The two singers have grown since “Never Say Never”, and “Fairytale” is one worth listening to.

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Comments

  1. Shayana Galliher says:

    😦 So you praise the album and then tell us not to buy it?

    • Carina Browder says:

      Not necessarily. While I really loved the album, I haven’t listened to the songs enough for it to really grow on me. I highly recommend it to Bieber fans and even casual listeners of Bieber because of its diverse sound, but I’m not exactly rushing out to buy it at the moment; I’m perfectly content with just listening to it online.

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