As we all have heard, Justin Bieber has recently been on a road toward forgiveness and a mission to regain the hearts of the many fans he has lost over the past few years. It came as no surprise that he would use his new album to achieve this. However, just by listening to the 30-second previews on iTunes, you can definitely see that Bieber had poured his heart into this intimate and sincere form of apology.
His album, Purpose, which came out on November 13, instantly rose to the top of the Billboard charts, upstaging One Direction’s album, Made in the A.M., which debuted on the same day. Justin Bieber currently has four songs in Billboard’s Hot 100 songs of the week, holding three spots with “Sorry,” “Love Yourself,” and “What do you Mean?” all in the Top 5.
Bieber and his team began promoting this album as early as August of 2015. Because they heavily publicized this album, I personally was expecting to hear the greatest album ever to bless my ears. And in my honest opinion, there are both songs that I absolutely adore and listen on repeat nonstop, while there are also a few songs I tend to skip every time. Since the three first released radio songs “Where are U now,” “What do you mean?” and “Sorry” were so upbeat and catchy, I was highly expecting most of the songs on the album to be similar or maybe even better. And after fully listening to the entire album a few times, there were some songs that just fell short of my expectations. It’s not that they are terribly written songs with no meaning or point behind them, it’s just that there are better songs on the album that I would rather listen to during my 15 minute drive to school.
Despite the tendency to pick-and-choose the better songs on the album, looking at Purpose as a whole, Bieber really lived up to the expectation of producing a great comeback album. Even though there are those songs that don’t get stuck in your head, there’s no question of the amount of effort he put into each lyric and melody. You can tell he and his team are just as proud of their work as we are of Bieber’s new and improved “identity”. There are definitely more good songs than bad on this album, so if you ever have some spare time to listen to it, I promise it is not a waste of time.
Bieber’s lyrics truly depict his feelings towards his past relationships, his fans, the media, his haters and his future. His lyrics are not only well-written, but very relatable to anyone who actually takes the time to listen to them. His experiences serve as an example for how to live and not live. I mean, Justin Bieber has undoubtedly made quite a few of mistakes within the span of only two years. And as much as we would like to criticize and judge him for all of his mistakes, we at least have to accept the fact that he is a good artist.
He stands as an example for all generations. Middle schoolers, teenagers, 20-year-olds, maybe even 50-year-olds can look at him and say “I remember that” or “I’ll probably do something like that when I’m older” and actually know that they can still rise from their mistakes. His album teaches us that. His success teaches us that. And whether or not we find ourselves dancing or singing along to his songs, we can at least say he has moved us in some small way.