Justin Bieber
Purpose


3.0
good

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
November 14th, 2015 | 439 replies


Release Date: 11/13/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We've moved beyond prior indiscretions, Justin. It'd be nice if you could do the same.

It speaks to the strength of the material that 10-months removed from "Where Are Ü Now", the clear standout of Skrillex and Diplo's generally awful Jack Ü project, audience's remain genuinely confident in the abilities of the new and improved Justin Bieber. That momentum can largely be attributed to "What Do You Mean"" and "Sorry", which kept afloat the idea that Bieber hadn't discovered maturity as much as he had learnt how to construct and deliver well-made, addictive pop songs. As such, the resurrection narrative built around Purpose- aptly surmised by Hannibal Buress as, '[an] extremely transparent attempt to be more likable in the public eye'- has become tiresome. Justin Bieber's reputation has certainly come a long way in the last 12 months; however, much of that is less to do with the frantic over-apologizing than it has the fact he's become a better musician. Nevertheless, the promotional campaign has trudged on despite itself, taking every opportunity to load subtle, well-constructed, and hooky pop songs with retribution drivel.

The standard Bieber has set for himself in recent months has been met in the majority of Purpose, avoiding disappointment if not by the merit of its lead singles alone. The majority of the material finds itself in a miasma of uncool influences- pan flutes, dolphin noises, Skrillex- coalescing in a surprisingly well-rounded fashion. Aside from misplaced appearances from Travi$ Scott and Halsey and an all-together dreadful contribution from Ed Sheeran in "Love Yourself", Bieber tends to perform best when he plays to the strengths of his subtle and leisurely singles (see: "Company"). Alternatively, Purpose falters in its cloying desire for personal redemption, utterly blasé when Bieber is wont to plead for forgiveness. At its best, it's an interesting topic of lyrical diversion amongst the distorted porpoise sounds of "Sorry" and "I'll Show You". At its worst- namely bland crooners like "No Pressure" and "Life is Worth Living"- it's overbearingly remorseful, unwilling to graduate past the desire to be taken seriously. Bieber doesn't need to constantly apologize, though, because when Purpose focuses on well-produced pop songs, you don't find yourself caring about his context. We've moved beyond prior indiscretions, Justin. It'd be nice if you could do the same.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
LotusFlower
November 14th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I don't know what you're saying, Jack U was a great project.

RadicalEd
November 14th 2015


9393 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good review Jordan. Everything I heard from this album is just as terrible as his other stuff though.



Also is it really suprising when a collab between Skrillex and JB is nothing but garbage?

ftinside
November 14th 2015


420 Comments


yo, people are seriously not shutting up about this album, shout out to Spotify

people say he grew up but the weeknd did first i usually reply

is this really worth checking

DoofusWainwright
November 14th 2015


20001 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is pretty bad, the piano ballads are still terrifying, and the album is ridiculously long.



He's probably on the right path but he's still a long way from perfectly fusing Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake.

DoofusWainwright
November 14th 2015


20001 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Ahhh, I might have unwittingly listened to too much unnecessary Bieber derp

Tunaboy45
November 14th 2015


16586 Comments


I'll never check this but good review as always.

DoofusWainwright
November 14th 2015


20001 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Arcade - those tracks aren't awful but when you've recently been listening to Blood Orange 'Cupid Deluxe' or Frank Ocean 'Channel Orange' they just don't cut it for me. Fair enough he's going for a more dance approach than those artists so a slightly unfair criticism but this stuff is still lacking in a layer of detail and intrigue I need.

Confucius
November 14th 2015


497 Comments


lol

treeqt.
November 14th 2015


16962 Comments


don't think i could enjoy any music when i have been exposed to repugnant trash like frank ocean either

sportsboy
November 14th 2015


691 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this isnt good but the travis scott feature i liked a lot

Digging: Sweet Trip - Velocity : Design : Comfort

treeqt.
November 14th 2015


16962 Comments


yeah that's the polar opposite of the truth

gryndstone
November 14th 2015


1179 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i started listening to it right now.



neuneuneu neu neu neu

MyNameIsPencil
November 14th 2015


5246 Comments


I don't see the "purpose" of this record tbh

Digging: Braid - Frame & Canvas

Archael
November 14th 2015


1163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ummm

LotusFlower
November 14th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

3/10 pun

gryndstone
November 14th 2015


1179 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wow this is pretty boring

DoofusWainwright
November 14th 2015


20001 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

People are lol'ing me on a Bieber thread, f you Bieber I'm docking you down to 1 for the embarrassment I've suffered

Archael
November 14th 2015


1163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hehe lol

gryndstone
November 14th 2015


1179 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Trite as he's ever been. Go Away Bieber

Archael
November 14th 2015


1163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

disagreed, but it is quite disappointing.



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