14 February 2020 10:42
Justin Bieber's fifth album Changes is out now (Picture: Def Jam) Justin Bieber is a man in love and, if you didn't know that before, you most definitely will after consuming his new album Changes. The woman who's completely stolen his heart is, of course, his wife Hailey Baldwin and Changes is the ultimate declaration of his love. Aside from saying vows at the altar, nothing says 'you're the love of my life' more than a whole album dedicated to how amazing you are, surely? And released on Valentine's Day too, Justin is clearly an old romantic at heart. Changes comes five years after Biebs' critically-acclaimed album Purpose changed the course of his career and turned the rest of us sceptics into Beliebers.
Before he found his purpose, Biebs was the archetypal celebrity-off-the-rails running into trouble with the law and abusing drugs having seriously lost his way. The clashing facets of his personality spilled out into his music with 2012's Believe and 2014's Journals representing Justin's personal and professional struggle. On one hand, Journals showed he was desperate to dive head first into recording the R&B he so clearly loves, but it conflicted with the popstar Justin Bieber who could effortlessly score an easy-on-the-ear pop hit with his eyes closed. This tug-of-war was much like his personal life – the wayward trajectory he was on clearly symbolised a child star desperate to shake the shackles of being a wholesome teeny-bopper to make the transition into young adulthood. But Purpose grounded him. It was an incredibly well put-together, mature album that became the pinnacle of Justin's redemption story. Finally, he wasn't an annoying teen allegedly hurling eggs at a neighbour's house but a young man who realised his mistakes and wanted to grow up even if he still had a journey to go. Changes is pretty much Justin's love letter to wife Hailey Baldwin (Picture: YouTube) And then we land at Changes. It follows on nicely from Purpose but, think of it more as its predecessor's chilled out sister. Sonically, it's incredibly laidback with R&B pretty much the thread of the album, with splashes of hip hop and pop. Yummy is a strong commercial lead with a perfect blend of all the album's sounds. Of course, this is a Justin Bieber album so there will always be an element of radio-friendly hits which he delivers with Intentions, Available and the Lil Dicky-assisted Running Over. But sexier collaborations with modern R&B queens Kehlani and Summer Walker show the cooler direction Justin's aiming for. It's no wonder he's tapped the powerhouse love song crooners for an album that is very evidently deep-rooted in his feelings for his wife. From the opening track All Around Me, Justin utters plenty of sweet odes of appreciation for Hailey whom he dated on and off throughout his teen years before marrying the model in 2018. 'Never thought I could even be loyal,' Justin admits to Hailey on All Around Me, while he sings on Come Around Me: 'So when you come around me, Treat me like you miss me, Even though you've been with me / When you come around me, Do me like you miss me, Even though you've been with me.' Yes, slightly lyrically-starved and repetitive but saucy nonetheless. On Confirmation, he assures: 'No rush got the rest of our lives, everything you need is at home.' And well you get the gist… Biebs is back and with a whole new purpose (Picture: Getty Images) Back when Justin was singing Baby so sweetly, it was probably hard to imagine him professing his love for his wife as he does so frequently on Changes. But frankly, it makes for an endearing album and one many can probably relate to on Valentine's Day. For those that can't, don't worry as Justin's 'praying' for you singletons as he so kindly stated at the intimate album playback in London this week. Advertisement At the album session, Justin spoke often and openly about his faith and it's clear that religion, along with Hailey, are what have helped turn his life around in recent years. The pop-led songs offer no real substance to Changes save for an easy listen on a challenging day. But it's the more earnest numbers that are clearly written from gained life experience over the past few years, and offer confidence that Justin still well and truly has his purpose in music. Justin Bieber's album Changes is out now and his YouTube series, Seasons, is released weekly. Got a showbiz story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page - we'd love to hear from you.