ALBUM REVIEW – JUSTIN BIEBER – BELIEVE (track by track analysis)
DO YOU BELIEVE IN JUSTIN? YOU MIGHT BY THE END OF THIS REVIEW!
I’ll let you into a little secret…’Baby’ is one of my guilty pleasures without a doubt, so it’s been hard for me to let go of that innocent Bieber and accept this new ‘Boyfriend’ singing adult version of Justin….Bieber 2.0 if you like. However I promise for this review I will just listen to and judge the music on what I hear rather than any notions I might have about what Justin ‘should’ sound like to me.
All Around the World – in my opinion this track would be better without Ludacris, it’s a really strong sound kinda David Guetta-esq, the production is really good and the hooks are catchy. It’s a fun listen and a great start to the album!
Boyfriend – obviously this was the lead single from the album, I’m not a fan of it, it’s a little dark sounding for me in what should be a lighter subject matter. If it’s Baby 2.0 then I’d rather listen to the original. I can see the younger girls lapping the lyrics up though.
As Long As You Love Me – no it’s back a Backstreet Boys cover for the 90′s kids amongst us! Big Sean features in this track which again is aimed at the club scene. It’s a good solid pop/RnB outing, Justin’s voice sounds good on the track and the subject matter again is quite sweet.
Take You – another funky track, the album and production style is really flowing now, this album really sounds like it has been crafted with money and more importantly expertise. This is another credible RnB exercise by Bieber and his team.
Right Here – another feature on this track, this time it’s Drake. It’s a slightly slower track this one all about getting a girl to trust him after she’s been hurt before. Perhaps its suffers a bit from just being one dimensional but again the production on it makes it an easy listen.
Catching Feelings – great title for a song first of all! It’s another sweet love track (good plan Bieber!) that perhaps comes off as a more ‘pop’ track compared to the LP so far. It’s got a lovely narrative throughout the song, I’d pop this straight on to my iPod, possible future single right here.
Fall – another narrative style song, Bieber actually starts the track by singing ‘let me tell you a story’ – I think this type of song suits him and his audience well, it gives you something to identify to. It’s pretty similar to the previous track with the message being you need to fall to fly.
Die in Your Arms – there’s a Michael Jackson sample in this promotional single and it rings through the rest of the track, but again clever production as the track feels modern. Definitely another top track on the album.
Thought of You – again another enjoyable track, about love and relationships again, Justin’s voice is good on this track and all the little ‘ooh’ and ‘heys’ in the background raise it to sounding like a really happy and positive track. Justin’s high falsetto voice sounds great too.
Beauty and a Beat – sounds like Ms Minaj on this track..and yes it is! This isn’t one of my favourite track, I don’t like the way that Minaj brings Selena into the equation…what’s the point, Justin and Nicki aren’t like a romance waiting to happen…it’s a bit dis-respectable. I think he should have duet-ted with another female artist.
One Love – this track pasted me by a bit, I was hoping from the first 10 seconds of the track that it was going to build into a massive dance tune but it never quite got there.
Be Alright – this is a simple and sweet affair, it’s great as a change of pace on the album, just Bieber and a guitar singing mainly that ‘everything’s gonna be alright’ – touching vocals on this track, it’s a near tear-jerker!
Believe – wow it’s like the end of a Disney movie with this track, it’s a little corny but he just gets away with it…a great anthem style track, reminiscent of R Kelly’s ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ in terms of it’s message. Very strong ending.
I have got to say well done to Justin Bieber and his management team, this album is a well crafted and enjoyable listen. I also think they have been very clever with the direction Justin’s career is taking, yes he is growing up and he is obviously interested in this style of music but the subject matter is still very much female orientated. You can still relate to the songs as though Justin was singing to you personally. Respect to the production team as well, there are a lot of producers on this album but they have all managed to create a sound that sounds like a complete package and that it is meant to all fit together. Justin also co-wrote ALL of these songs except the Minaj affair which arguable was one of the worst songs on this LP. I am sure a lot of people have written off Justin Bieber as a ‘little girls’ pop star but there is a lot to admire here…I hope he proves them wrong he deserves some recognition for this album.
You know what…I BELIEVE!!
Popledge points – 8.5/10