Bieber fever’s back

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

BE­LIEVE is global su­per­star Justin Bieber’s log­i­cal step to­wards adult­hood.

The clean- cut Cana­dian pop phe­nom­e­non has de­liv­ered an al­bum that com­bines the R& B that he made his name on, as well as some en vogue dance- ori­en­tated ma­te­rial.

Jump­ing from one style to the other, his open­ing one- two punch is the club-thump­ing All Around The World and the more se­date and swing­ing sin­gle Boyfriend Bieber shows off some ver­sa­til­ity, eas­ing his way through two com­pletely dif­fer­ent gen­res.

The Amer­i­can pop fra­ter­nity loves ap­pro­pri­at­ing some dub­step and trance into their mu­sic th­ese days and that is ex­actly what is de­liv­ered on As Long As You Love Me.

To his credit Bieber man­ages to com­fort­ably drift his voice above the rude bass and in­sis­tent synth stabs.

Hip- hop in the US is sec­ond only to coun­try mu­sic’s pop­u­lar­ity so it’s no sur­prise to hear Big Sean drop­ping a guest verse on this song. And yet it’s nothing to write home about.

Southern rap­per Lu­dacris makes more impact on All Around the World.

There’s plenty for fans of Bieber’s orig­i­nal sound too – he’s not com­pletely rein­vented his style. Songs about teen crushes and the soft­est most ten­der bal­lads still fea­ture heav­ily.

Be Al­right, Catch­ing Feel­ings and su­per- sweet bal­lad Fall will get the goose­bumps pop­ping.

The ti­tle track is a gospel- tinged tune about young love and a fine ex­am­ple of Bieber at his best. Tweens will be swoon­ing, no doubt. Boyfriend and Take You have a hard-to- deny Justin Tim­ber­lake feel to them. It’s pretty much a homage.

One Love is an­other JT- es­que tune with a light drum ’ n’ bass back­beat, hi- tech synth melodies and a lack of fluffi­ness.

But Bieber hasn’t quite made that JT- like leap from teen idol to an artist adults en­joy ( even if JT is a guilty plea­sure).

There’s also some ob­vi­ous Michael Jack­son tones on the al­bum.

Bieber’s vo­cals on Die In Your Arms sounds very much like a Jack­son 5- era MJ plus the song fea­tures an ob­vi­ous We’ve Got A Good Thing Go­ing sam­ple.

Later Bieber takes the MJ thing to the ex­treme with a Billy Jean- style tune.

Maria, on the deluxe edi­tion, is his most ag­gres­sive song to date. It was in­spired by a run- in with Mariah Yeater who ac­cused and later re­scinded claims that Bieber was her baby’s daddy. Bieber’s voice has shifted down a lit­tle with age, he’s not so squeaky any­more.


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