Broken Bieber bares his soul in fifth album Purpose [Review]

Broken Bieber bares his soul in fifth album Purpose [Review]

Emerging from a year-long hiatus, singer-songwriter Justin Bieber ushers himself back into the music industry with his much-anticipated fifth album Purpose.

Don't let your judgment be clouded by the Canadian star's recent negative press: it's important to separate music from scandal on this noteworthy comeback.

It's by far Bieber's most exploratory work, sampling genres new to Beliebers, from EDM to trap music.

On the slow and mellow Mark My Words, Bieber laments his tattered relationship with Selena Gomez over a mewling backtrack.

The mood switches up for lead singles Sorry and What Do You Mean. Bieber's newfound love for experimentation is felt most strongly here, as the contrasts between electronic and acoustic, and upbeat and lethargic are skilfully executed.

Maintaining the novelty factor, Love Yourself maintains the melancholy, but adopts a more forward-thinking and humble approach - a symbol of Bieber's personal and career paths.

Children closes the album with a powerful chorus reeled in by dulcet tones, before Bieber wraps up with an intimate monologue.

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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Broken Bieber bares his soul


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