If staying out of the tabloids and receiving a few harsh words from Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg, and Shaquille O’Neal hasn’t convinced you that Justin Bieber is ready for a change, then his new album will. Throughout the year leading up to his fourth studio album Purpose, the 21-year-old has matured and became more apologetic than ever. In the pop tropical house inspired song “What Do You Mean?” and the smooth EDM beat on “Sorry –” that shares the same tropical vibe – lends fans a preview of what Bieber will reveal to fans personally and musically.
The album opens with a soft heartfelt testimony of the man he was and who he’s become. “Mark My Words” is dedicated to an ex-girlfriend that he hurt during his juvenile days, but he assures her that this time is different. His word is bond and it’s all he has to give.
“So you heard it all before / Falling in and out of trust / Trying to rekindle us / Only to lose yourself / But I won’t let me lose you / And I won’t let us just fade away / After all that we’ve been through, I’ma show you more than I ever could say.”
On the contrary, “I’ll Show You” talks about the hardships of Bieber’s celebrity life. Accompanied by an upbeat tempo, he talks about the standards he has to live up to, the pressure he’s under, and reminds listeners he’s still human despite what they think.
“Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing / When the pressure’s coming down like lightning / It’s like they want me to be perfect / When they don’t even know that I’m hurting.”
The project features fellow artist like Ariana Grande, Big Sean, Travis Scott and rising singer Halsey. Renowned Hip-Hop emcee, Nas, also makes an appearance on a pop and hip-hop infused tune, “We Are,” which talks about the value and love of his relationship with a certain girl. “No Sense” also mixes a catchy trap beat with a pop melody that’s hard to stand still to.
The album features several intimate and upbeat songs about his relationships, but The “Baby” singer also talks about life in his experiences in “Life Is Worth Living” and changing the generation in the EDM inspired tune “Children.”
“Life is worth living, so live another day / The meaning of forgiveness / People make mistakes, doesn’t mean you have to give in / Life is worth living again.” (“Life Is Worth Living”)
Some may a bit skeptic of this album and prefer the old Bieber, this album is well-balance effort by the pop star. Through the party-inspired, relaxed melodies, and trap accents, he captures dance, R&B, and pop audiences. Purpose tells a story of a boy who’s turned into a man, and learned how to party and have fun, but still be an adult. It’s also an apology to his ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, the public, and for all his mishaps with the law. He found himself and he’s expressing his growth to his listeners.
By: Krissy Lewis