Release Date: Feb 14, 2020
Record label: Def Jam
Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock
It goes cruelly unacknowledged to this day that Justin Bieber is responsible for one of the best pop records of the 2010s. His third album Believe merged dubstep, EDM, country and R&B together in an irresistible melting pot of great hooks and boyish charm. His attempts to mature since then have been fraught, 2013's Journals a gooey mess and 2015's Purpose frustratingly inconsistent.
Well, it's better than his moustache. "Being human is challenging", Justin laments at one point in his ten-part Youtube series, Seasons; a calculated documentary that gives loyal Belieber's the chance to peer into the life of Justin Bieber - or more specifically, the part that sees him making his new album, Changes. While the sentiment is hardly going to reach the 'Top Philosophy Quotes of the Twenty-First Century', he's not exactly wrong, is he? The thing is, with Bieber in the position he's in, it's a little depressing hearing the flak that comes his way when all he's trying to do is express himself; after all, he's a human being with needs and emotions, just like everyone else.
At some point in the endless world tour supporting his 2015 album Purpose, Justin Bieber stared into a sea of fans and pleaded with them to quiet down. "When you guys are screaming... it's hard for me," he muttered, pacing in front of his own JumboTron double in the opening montage of his new promotional documentary Seasons. In 2017, he canceled the remaining 14 dates of his tour.
C onnoisseurs of documentaries that reveal the full horror of becoming famous - particularly at a young age - are currently spoilt for choice. Over on Netflix, there's Taylor Swift's Miss Americana, a film that makes 21st-century celebrity look like something you'd mete out as a last-ditch punishment: a lonely, exhausting world of constant scrutiny, unending bullshit and dealings with people ostensibly on your side whose commitment to your best interests looks shaky to say the least. Meanwhile, on YouTube, there's Justin Bieber's Seasons.
It's been five years since Justin Bieber released his last album. During this time, he has gotten married and revealed he has Lyme Disease. So, it feels apt that his new album is called 'Changes'. This is a more mature sounding Bieber. It builds on the trap percussion and woozy synths of 2015's ….