Puppy Love Declarations Dominate Bieber’s Believe
- Thursday, June 28, 2012
Artist: Justin Bieber
Unlike many pop culture phenoms who are more of the one-hit wonder variety (think Rebecca Black's dreadful "Friday," and if we're really lucky, Carly Rae Jepsen's recent smash "Call Me Maybe"), it looks like The Biebs still sets teenage girls' hearts aflutter—even if he is officially old enough to vote.
Debuting at the top of the Billboard charts, Believe officially marks the first step into adulthood for 18-year-old Justin Bieber. And while there's definitely a couple of instances where he pushes the envelope into edgier musical and lyrical territory on Believe (to wit, a couple of songs feature one use of da-- each, while a handful of others up the ante on the sensuality front), his foray into more grown up fare is still dominated by declarations of puppy love.
Unlike, say, Miley Cyrus who couldn't be tamed and wasn't afraid to showcase a more blatantly sexual side, Bieber makes sure to give a shout-out to everyone who helped him on his way to superstardom.
While he doesn't mention her specifically by name this time around, it's clear that Bieber still has plenty of love for his Mama in the album's title track when he sings "I knew it wouldn't be easy/But your faith in me was so clear/It didn't matter how many times I got knocked on the floor/But you knew one day I'd be standing tall."
And considering that he and his girlfriend, actress Selena Gomez haven't exactly been shy about being photographed in many a romantic setting, it's no surprise that Bieber's got l-o-v-e on the brain. Whether it's the first blush he's singing about in "Catching Feelings," a track that borrows heavily from Michael Jackson's earlier work or the declarative strains of "Be Alright," an ode to a love that endures, hope, optimism and even a little naiveté are still the order of the day.
Case in point, on "Right Here" when Bieber sings (without even a hint of irony, natch) to his amour, "I promise to be all that you need." While a nice idea in the vein of The Beatles' "All You Need is Love," the sentiment ultimately rings hollow because it's not entirely true.
Perhaps with a little more life experience, he'll realize while that sounds like the perfect thing to say, it falls way short of the truth. But let's be honest, I highly doubt that'll do little to diminish the collective awwws from his adoring fanbase.
*This Review First Published 6/28/2012
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