Justin Bieber's released a new album entitled Changes, reflecting on his own personal growth and change after beginning his relationship with his new wife. His image has changed quite a bit over the course of his career, which begs the question, are these changes for the better?
Much of Justin's marketing surrounding this album had a strong emphasis on it being R&B, which gives listeners an expectation of what they're going to listen to. Unfortunately, though, the album feels confused and erratic. There's no particular sound, there are too many pop songs like the forever infamous, Yummy. The feature list itself shows a lack of continuity in the intent of the album. Quavo, Travis Scott, and Lil Dicky are an odd bunch to feature on a primarily R&B album. The album feels directionless and as though it was haphazardly strewn together. One point of praise though, is there's an overarching theme of how Bieber's love for his new life has changed him. Intersect rates the sound 5/10 because JB gave us a glimpse of his vision and simply didn't execute.
Changes has gems of its own with regard to Bieber's vocals. The title track Changes and Confirmation showcase Bieber's voice. The emotion in his voice makes the messages of love and faith seem so genuine, it just improves the songs so significantly. The lyricism is something he lacks though, the lyrics are generally straight forward and don't require much thought. Singing earns a 7/10 due to the juxtaposition of his voice and lyrics, they simply don't compliment each other as they should.
THE ART BEHIND THE ALBUM
The album cover pictures Bieber in the center of the cover with a red tint over the image. Red most likely symbolizes love and passion, the two general motifs of the album. This entire album is a love letter to his wife, Hailey Bieber. The cover could have been more elaborate but then again, there's beauty in simplicity. The art behind the album earns a 6/10.
MY TOP TRACKS ON THE ALBUM
Running Over, Confirmation, Changes
APPLE MUSIC'S TOP TRACKS ON THE ALBUM
On the Intersect rating scale, Changes earns a 6/10. Listen to the album below.