It’s remarkable to see teen idols grow and mature in the public eye, especially musicians. Just like many male teen idols before him; Michael Jackson, Usher, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber’s look and voice has changed too. His deep register and falsetto have marginally grown from “Baby” to “Boyfriend” and the shag has been buzzed so we can now focus on Justin’s jaw line and sex appeal.
Today marks the release of Bieber’s third studio album, Believe. From the first single, “Boyfriend”, there’s been a lot of comparison to a young Justin Timberlake vocally, but overall the whole album doesn’t offer any other Timberlake like songs. It’s a pop record; the lyrics are lacking but are generically catchy and any weak moments are powered through with enhancements.
A few choice tracks:
Track 1 – All Around The World ft. Ludacris – The first track jumps into the electronica fad and offers breathy vocals around a catchy chorus. Ludacris offers his very kid friendly message about beauty and loving yourself.
Track 2 – Boyfriend – From the first synth, you’re hooked on Justin’s swaggy style as you dream about eating fondue. One of the strongest singles this year.
Track 8 - Die in Your Arms – Great Melody sampled by bits of Michael Jackson’s “We Got a Good Thing Going.”
Track 9 – Thought of You – Diplo produced. On this falsetto driven track Justin sounds like Adam Levine, who/which we like. Second single potential.
Track 14 – Out of Town Girl – “All you gotta do is swag,” and the bass line and bravado helps on this track.
Track 16 - Maria – A failed attempt at a “Bille Jean” concept about Justin’s obsessive fan Mariah Yeater.