One year after his last release, Changes, Justin Bieber released his sixth album on March 19 with 16 previously unreleased tracks.
In his new album, the singer goes back to his roots in pop that he has always prioritized in his productions and brings special appearances with important names and new singers to the musical world, such as: Khalid, Chance The Rapper, Dominic Fike and Burna Boy. The collaborations bring a new face to Bieber who ventures into something close to the trap in a few moments, showing his potential and blending well with the styles of the artists that he invited. In his solo songs, the canadian does it in a more personal and well-built way, making the album more mature and marking its new phase.
- The album title
From the title song, Justice, the singer brings some meanings. According to an interview that Bieber gave to American Vogue, he explains his intentions of his work “I named it Justice because there’s so much injustice in this world and there has been since the beginning of time […] My name [Justin] actually means justice, so there’s that. I’m really honored to play a small part and be able to make music that inspires and can uplift people in this time,” comments Bieber.
- 2 Much
The first track produced is “2 Much”, starting with a phrase by Martin Luther King recorded in 1967, in which the activist passes the message of injustice, showing the purpose of the disc. Bieber comments in the interview that the song is dedicated to his wife Hailey. With well-marked stretches of piano, the song becomes a beautiful and honest tribute.
- Deserve you and As i am
The second track, “Deserve You”, has slower beats and a more alternative sound, with a synthesizer sound from the 1980s, bringing the current hit songs into the new style, but he does it without forgetting his pop roots. With the union of the style of two singers, “As I Am” mixes Khalid’s rhythms and the strong and emotional messages that Justin wants to pass on to the whole album.
Another song that stands out on his album is “Holy”, in collaboration with Chance The Rapper. The hit has a strong influence on the North American gospel. The music video sends a beautiful and inspiring message of love and faith in humanity, even in the most difficult moments.
- Die for you and MLK Interlude
“Die For You” opens with part of another sermon given by Martin Luther King, in which he said: “if you have never found something so dear and so precious to you. That you will die for it, then you aren’t fit to live”. The speech of the activist in the fight against racial discrimination has a track just for him, which cuts the rhythm of the album a little, but the Canadian singer tells Vogue what the purpose of the speeches is.
“What I wanted to do with that was to amplify Luther King’s voice for this generation,” explained Bieber. “Being Canadian, it wasn’t so much a part of my culture. This speech was actually during the time when [he had] a feeling that he was going to die for the cause, and what he was standing up against was ultimately racism and division. I think his message was that a lot of people can be afraid to stand up for what is right, but if you’re not standing up for justice — for what is right — what are you doing with your life? I’m sorry to get so deep, but these are the times we’re living in. That’s why I wanted to make this album because I think it’s very timely and very necessary” finishes the singer.
The choice to close the album with “Lonely”, a song in partnership with Benny Blanco was totally thinking about the moments when he felt alone and lost when he started to get famous, being the best way to exemplify how Bieber currently understands himself. A pop singer, who knows his purpose and the size of his fame, but is mature, hard-working and learns from his mistakes, Justin Bieber aimed to pass on a message of justice, but was right when he positioned himself as a human being.
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The article above was edited by Amanda Ardigó.
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