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Believe [Deluxe Edition]
Global superstar Justin Bieber officially takes the wraps off his eagerly anticipated new studio album BELIEVE. BELIEVE takes flight on the wings of Boyfriend, its first worldwide smash single. The Boyfriend video has shattered all YouTube records since its MTV premiere on May 3rd. The clip generated 8 million views in its first 24 hours, and has garnered over 44 million views to date. BELIEVE is Executive Produced by Scott Scooter Braun and Usher Raymond IV, and track producers include Max Martin, Mike Posner, MdL, Diplo, Hit-Boy, The Messengers, Zedd, Rodney Jerkins, and Justin s vocal producer, Kuk Harrell. The album features guest appearances by Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Big Sean. With worldwide album sales in excess of 15 million units, Justin has dominated pop culture and social media for more than two years. He has over 43 million Facebook fans, more than 22 million Twitter followers, and over 2.7 billion YouTube views he is far and away the most popular YouTube artist of all time, and received the 2012 Billboard Music Award for Social Artist of the Year. This deluxe version includes 3 additional tracks.
BIEBER JUSTIN BELIEVE (CD+DVD - DELUXE)
|Audio CD Release Date:
||June 19, 2012|
|Number Of Discs:
|Average Customer Rating:
|| based on 212 reviews|
|1. ||All Around The World f/ Ludacris|
|3. ||As Long As You Love Me f/ Big Sean|
|4. ||Catching Feelings|
|5. ||Take You|
|6. ||Right Here f/ Drake|
|8. ||Die In Your Arms|
|9. ||Thought Of You|
|10. ||Beauty And A Beat f/ Nicki Minaj|
|11. ||One Love|
|12. ||Be Alright|
|14. ||Out Of Town Girl|
|15. ||She Don't Like The Lights|
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66 of 81 found the following review helpful:
First RateJun 21, 2012
By Peter Johngren
Justin Bieber's `Believe' is one of those rare CD's that you can listen to straight through, without pressing the skip-to-the-next-track button. It is a purely enjoyable collection of very well written, produced, and expertly sung songs, that put the sounds of summer back in the air.
I have been following Justin's career since 2009, and as a 71 year old grandfather I consider myself his oldest fan. Having loved pop music since the 1950's, I don't consider any music off limits. It is therefore hard for me to understand the narrow minded views of some supposed music lovers, who dump on this album.
There are terrific club/dance tunes on this CD like "All Around the World" and "As Long As You Love Me," beautiful dreamy ballads like "Catching Feelings: and "Fall," direct guitar-driven love songs like "Be Alright," cutting humor as in "Maria," and what could easily be a Jackson 5 long lost gem in "Die In Your Arms."
In 2010 we attended a Bieber arena concert and it was pure fun. At 16 he managed to captivate an audience of 15,000 people for a full 90 minutes. He has only improved over the past two years and it is clear that he is here to stay. The "haters" are peeing their own pants and depriving themselves of first class music by avoiding this CD. I highly recommend that anyone who really likes music to check this album out.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
a really good albumSep 28, 2012
By Matthew G. Sherwin
Justin Bieber's CD "Believe" is really pretty good! This is my first Justin Bieber album and initially after reading the mixed reviews I honestly wasn't sure what to expect. Fortunately, I was pleased. I discovered that Justin doesn't sound like a girl; he has songwriting skills in addition to being able to sing with genuine emotion and he does some excellent songs here including a few with other artists. The quality of the sound is quite good; and the artwork includes pictures of Justin; a website address for the lyrics to each song; song credits and more.
There's really not a bad track here. True, some of these songs I like a little more than others but overall it's still a relatively solid album. "All Around the World" featuring Ludacris gives the track set a good start; and I really like "Boyfriend." I understand why "Boyfriend" became so popular so fast; it's terrific music. "As Long As You Love Me" with Big Sean is good and "Catching Feelings" has a pretty mellow flavor! "Take You" sounds like good music for clubs and "Right Here" featuring Drake is good although it's not quite one of my favorites. "Fall" and "Die In Your Arms" are poignant and "Thought of You" is more first-rate music. "Beauty and the Beat" which Justin performs with Nicki Minaj is another awesome tune and "One Love" is very well done. "Be Alright" sounds mellow once again; I like the guitar in that arrangement! "Believe," the title track, is a highlight of the album and "Out of Town Girl" switches gears once more to a number that reminds me of a hip-hop sound. "She Don't Like the Lights" and "Maria" end the CD with Justin performing at his best.
Not only has Justin Bieber released a very good album; he has a bright future. I look forward to him developing his skill further to make even better albums that this one! The deluxe edition of this album is a must-have for Justin's fans; and based on my own experience it's a great place to start if like me this is your first Justin Bieber album.
22 of 28 found the following review helpful:
Amazing CD Highly RecommendJun 20, 2012
Overall this CD is amazing. The music and lyrics mesh so well. He kept his inspirations flowing through out the album. If you have been a fan of his music and liked the first single Boyfriend you will trully enjoy this album. Highly recommend it considering Usher had a large influence on this album.
36 of 49 found the following review helpful:
I Believe.Jun 19, 2012
Bieber is so hyped that sometimes it is hard to remember how truly talented this young man is--but the truth is that he has a fantastic voice, and delivers heartfelt performances with a maturity that belies his years. His supple tenor is still light and sweet, but has a depth that indicates that he is growing up; his lyrics are still sweet as well, but there is an edge to the wonder, a charge that wasn't there before. Songwriting is uniformly enjoyable and exciting. Why should we fight the feeling? Bieber asks. And I agree--why should I fight this album? It is pure pleasure from beginning to end. Don't be ashamed to be a Belieber, just give yourself over to his beats, to his voice, and have a great time.
13 of 17 found the following review helpful:
A Solid Pop Album; Bieber Begins the 'Trek' to Artistic MaturityJun 19, 2012
By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr.
So a guy that listens or follows Justin Bieber's career garners a lot of grief, particularly after the `tongue-in-cheek' "Baby" took over, well EVERYTHING. That was two years ago. Now 18-year old Justin Bieber delivers Believe [Deluxe Edition], a solid, more mature, pop effort. On Believe, Bieber has evolved vocally in `leaps' and `bounds' debuting a much more mature and nuanced voice. The songs still possess some corniness and schmaltz, but not to the extent of say "First Dance" from Bieber's My World. Smartly, Bieber does not try to alienate his young fan base, using moderation and balance throughout Believe.
"All Around The World" opens Believe solidly, if less satisfactorily than "Baby" opened My World 2.0. "All Around the World" plays into modern pop trends with its techno-infused, Europop influenced sound. While Bieber shines if for no other reason than his `mature' voice, Ludacris's rap is ok, though not as potent as "Baby." "Boyfriend," the ubiquitous first single, is superb, nodding to hip-hop and pop-soul given its use of acoustic guitar. Brief, "Boyfriend" is a perfect single for both younger and older audiences, failing to alienate anyone like previous singles did. While the songwriting is solid, newly `grown' Bieber has a childish moment with a clumsy `Buzz Lightyear' reference. Aww shucks.
Big Sean's addition on the fine "As Long As You Love Me" gives Bieber a further lift. The dub-step production suits Bieber extremely well, right aligned with pop a la 2012. The treatment of the refrain is a selling point, given Bieber's playful falsetto and gimmick play on the lyric "as long as you l-l-l-l love me..." "Catching Feelings" delivers a sound pop-soul quality that reminds one of Justin Timberlake during his Justified period ("Still on My Brain"). The use of acoustic guitars, a mainstay of Believe, help to reinforce the pop aspects of the song. The songwriting is impressive enough as well, particularly the refrain: "Could there be a possibility/I'm trying to see what's up/Cause I'm made for you, and you for me...I'm catching feelings, catching feelings..." As good as "Catching Feelings" is, Justin Bieber's second `Justin Timberlake' turn is better on "Take You," where the stuttering drums and rhythmic acoustic guitar work well together. Vocally, Bieber continues to shine, showing off his continually burgeoning, soulful pipes. The refrain of "Take You" keeps things `fresh' by opting for a more dance-oriented vibe.
"Right Here," featuring Drake, is solid, though not `magical.' The production is lush and spacey, suiting Drake's emo-R&B style. Not the complete package, "Right Here" has its moments, including catchy refrain and vocal ad libs by Bieber. "Fall" resurrects acoustic guitar and the pop-soul edge established by "Catching Feelings" and "Take You." The difference is "Fall" has more `pop' about it, contrasting more `urban' leaning cuts. The main objection is there are too many layers of vocals during the refrain, making it hard to decipher the lyrics. "Die in Your Arms" is a `killer' cut. Produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and sampling "Synthetic Substitution," "Die in Your Arms" is an overt contemporary R&B cut, showcasing Bieber's vocal runs, overall prowess, and nuances. The cut G' rated, save for `PG' lyric "...Loving you is so damn easy for me..." At least he was honest, right?
"Thought of You" changes the pace with production from the soulful yearnings of "Die in Your Arms." The cut finds Bieber ascending into his upper register supported by interesting production effects. "Beauty and a Beat" is clever, even given its corny play on `Beauty in the Beast' as far as the title is concerned. Minaj adds a lift with her usual eccentricities while Max Martin delivers a solid, driving production. Bieber handles the catchy chorus notably: "Cause all I need is a beauty and a beat/who can make my life complete/it's all `bout you/when the music makes you move/baby do it like you do..."
"One Love" and "Be Alright" are OK, though don't standout against `beasts' like "Boyfriend," or "Die in Your Arms." "Believe" closes the standard edition strongly enough, incorporating gospel-chorus into the obligatory inspirational cut. "Believe" pales in comparison to the best, but has its moments for sure. The Deluxe edition's bonus cuts are enjoyable and would've been at home on the standard edition. The most notable is "Maria," which covers the topic of Bieber's speculated paternity. The biggest quibble about the Michael Jackson-influenced cut - arguably the best of the effort bonus or not - is why it wasn't a standard edition track?
Overall, Believe [Deluxe Edition] is an important album for Bieber's career. It marks a huge step from being merely a `tween' artist to becoming an `artist' to all audiences. Believe is one of the year's best pop album because it balances numerous styles and manages to present itself in a refined fashion. Highly recommended.
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