Say what you will about Justin Bieber, but the singer, who is well on his way to becoming the next Justin Timberlake, is mega talented. And his latest album, ‘Purpose,’ which was released Nov. 13, proves that in a myriad of ways.
After Justin Bieber, 21, released three smash hits in a row — “Where Are U Now,” “What Do You Mean?” and “Sorry” — earlier this year, I had very little doubt that his fourth studio album, Purpose, would be anything less than remarkable. And I was right. Not only does every song feel like a hit, but there are many lyrics that seem like they were either inspired by the Biebs’ on-again/off-again relationship with Selena Gomez, 23, or written as a message for her.
Take for instance “No Pressure,” which seems to sound like Justin’s telling her he wants her back. The track, which almost sounds like it may have been inspired by songs from both Ace of Base and The Weeknd, has lyrics that seem to suggest Justin is missing Selena and wants to get back together with her! Just try listening to the hook and not getting it stuck in your head. Trust me — it’s impossible. And, of course, “Sorry,” as well as “What Do You Mean?” seem to be about Selena as well. When initially asked how many of the 18 tracks were about his ex-girlfriend, Justin told Access Hollywood, “probably like three.” But if you ask me, there’s a lot more.
Then, there’s “Love Yourself,” which seems to be a total diss track directed at a girl Justin used to date. However, this one doesn’t sound like it’s about Selena, as Justin references a girl who’s mainly into herself and just used him for the perks that came along with dating him. The track is a collaboration Justin did with Ed Sheeran and sounds like it could be a song off a Justin Timberlake album — it’s that good. And thanks to the subtle background noise — a few pulls on the strings of an electric guitar — it really gives Justin’s voice a chance to shine. It’s calm, but uplifting, and that’s why it’s one of my favorites on the album.
Some other favorites include “I’ll Show You,” “Mark My Words,” and “The Feeling.” And I love all the collaborations with Ariana Grande (if you preordered), Halsey, Travis Scott, Big Sean and Nas on the album, which are obviously fun, however, the Biebs doesn’t need them. He’s come a long way since he was discovered as a 12-year-old boy on YouTube, and now he’s a pop superstar capable of just about anything. This time, it’s a vulnerable and honest set that’s both beautifully produced and intimately delivered.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Which song on the album is YOUR favorite? Tell us!
— Chris Rogers