ALBUM TITLE : PURPOSE
ARTIST : JUSTIN BIEBER
GENRE : POP
DATE RELEASED : 2015
For those who already written off Justin Bieber and considered as a washout has been, you would end up disappointed in this album. In this record, Justin is simply awesome and after listening to the whole record you would say that he indeed has matured. The album is his most personal and confessional date dwelling on his inanities in current years. He talked about many things in this record from personal heartache to bouncing back. The moment you hear the first song “Mark My Words” you would notice that this album is indeed something different.
It still has all the pop elements but musically the album is far more superior from what he offered before and even from the rest of similar artists offered in 2015. “I’ll Show You” is perhaps the most inspiring song coming from him and it talks how he was eaten by his own and at the end of the day proving to people that he can rise above the situation. “What Do You Mean?” is a classic pop song that no other pop star can sing it and claim it as his or her own. People can probably conclude that this song is about his relationship with Selena whom apparently we thought have moved on to another love but sending mixed signals to Bieber.
He also proved in this album that he is not the jerk that people thought him to be. And the song just summarized what he felt during his troubled times. He offered no detailed explanations but he owned the mistake and accepted the consequences. The song “Love Yourself” is the best song in this record and is a testament of Justin’s artistry. It is quite a gamble doing this song as it is not so pop and more of a song coming from Jason Mraz or other folk and alternative rock artist doing slow and filler songs in their respective records.
“No Pressure” reminds you of slow jam songs during the nineties. The appearance of Big Sean in this song made it more appealing to your ears. “Life Is Worth Living” is a realization song for him probably. And it showcased that he can also piano and vocal song effectively. “Children” is a powerful song at the beginning then dwindles lyrically; it is such a waste as he could have created another anthemic song for his generation. No amount of EDM sound can offset the negative effects of lyrics repeated over and over again. But, with “Purpose,” he was able to redeem himself probably because of the redemption theme of the song. The lyrics are simple and direct and will hit everyone’s heart especially those who experienced Bieber’s confusion and angst.
It is fortunate that the only song that will remind you of his early bubblegum efforts is “Been You.” He also tried to do eighties hook in “Get Used To It.” You can actually mashed this song with any remix efforts done by Stock Aitken and Waterman. The “Deluxe Edition” includes a remix effort of “What Do You Mean” featuring Arianna Grande. Unfortunately, it is not different from the original version. Anyway, this record is very engaging and even non Bieber fans will be surprised with the maturity that he showed in this record.
With that I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it