by Justin Bieber


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If you subtract the remixes, acoustic versions, live takes, and holiday material that filled Justin Bieber's releases from 2009-2011, Believe falls only a few tracks shy of doubling the singer's quantity of original songs. That fact alone will satisfy a large portion of his fans. More notably, Believe finds Bieber co-writing all but one song and handling his "not a boy, not quite a man" status with poise, despite some considerable contrast between his age and what he has been through. He's at a point in his life where he would fully deserve a pass for taking himself too seriously, but there's "Boyfriend" -- a G-rated "Wait (The Whisper Song)" with a My World-like chorus -- in which he compares himself to Buzz Lightyear. He has endured puberty, including a voice change, all the while undergoing intense public scrutiny that has included fallout from a paternity accusation. He addresses the paternity issue head-on in "Maria," a real-life, modern-day rewrite of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean": "That ain't my baby/That ain't my girl." (The song is not on the shorter 13-track edition, but it's the most significant song in Bieber's catalog thus far.) Given the space allowed by an hour-long release, Bieber aims for just about every pop market. Believe incorporates appearances from Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Big Sean, while Ludacris is back for the first time. A song featuring slabs of dubstep bass is followed by an acoustic ballad. The throwback "Die in Your Arms" heavily references young MJ, harpsichord and all, and is driven by a well-known breakbeat. The title song involves a gospel choir, while the sound of an acoustic guitar is almost as common as a dance beat. Lyrically, Bieber seems to be in no rush to enter Chris Brown territory. He stays PG, flattering and flirting or stating devotion throughout the majority of the songs; "Loving you is so damn easy" might be the line most likely to raise an eyebrow, while several others, like "Everyone's itching for beauty, but you're scratchin' the surface," have a goofy/awkward teenage charm to them. Believe has enough strong material to keep most of the followers satisfied for another year, while elders should feel relieved that nothing is as sickly sweet as "Baby."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2012
Label: Island
UPC: 0602537016730
catalogNumber: 001693402
Rank: 11942

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Justin Bieber   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Mike Posner   Keyboards
Rodney Jerkins   Piano,Drums,Harpsichord
Artie Reynolds   Bass
Eric Dawkins   Background Vocals
Kuk Harrell   Background Vocals
Michael Ripoll   Guitar
Deanna Della Cioppa   Background Vocals
Travis Sayles   Piano,Strings
Aganee   Drums
Nasri Atweh   Background Vocals
Dammo Farmer   Bass
Thomas Lumpkins   Background Vocals
Zedd   Keyboards
Greg Morgan   Background Vocals
Nasri   Background Vocals
DJ Tay James   scratching

Technical Credits

Berry Gordy   Composer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Mike Posner   Composer,Producer
Deke Richards   Composer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer
Eric Dawkins   Composer
Kuk Harrell   Producer,Vocal Producer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer,Vocal Mixing
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Usher Raymond   Executive Producer
Ariel Rechtshaid   Producer
Jacob Luttrell   Composer,Producer
Travis Sayles   Composer,Producer
Diplo   Producer
Dan Kanter   Producer
Antonio Dixon   Composer,Instrumentation
Ariel Chobaz   Vocal Engineer
Bei Maejor   Producer
Rob Kinelski   Engineer
Vanessa Price   grooming
Herb Rooney   Composer
J. Que   Producer
James "Scrappy" Stassen   Engineer
Todd Russell   Art Direction
Hit Boy   Producer
Matt Voss   Marketing
Adam Messinger   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Nasri Atweh   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Josh Gudwin   Engineer
Scott "Scooter" Braun   Executive Producer
Justin Bieber   Composer,Producer
Pentagon   Producer
Kristen Yiengst   Photo Production
Benny Steele   Guitar Engineer
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer
Christopher Hicks   Producer
Thomas Lumpkins   Composer
David Grant   Marketing
Andre Lindal   Composer,Producer
Onika Maraj   Composer
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins   Producer
Mason Levy   Composer
Sean Anderson   Composer
MDL   Producer
Matt Champlin   Engineer
Zedd   Programming,Producer
Daniela Rivera   Engineer
Greg Morgan   Sound Design
Michael Alexander   Marketing
Nasri   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Andre "Drizza Don" Bridges   Engineer
Matthew Musto   Composer,Guitar Producer
Kelly Lumpkins   Composer
Nius   Producer
SoFLY   Producer
Nolan Lambroza   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Dennis Jenkins   Composer,Producer

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Believe 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Chloe4 More than 1 year ago
I thought Justin did a very good job on this album. Very polished, it never misses a beat. I particularly liked One Love, Thought of You, As Long As You Love me, and Catching Feelings. All the other aren't bad at all, these just popped up at me. I'll make this a track review. 1. All Around The World This is a fine song, very well put together, but there is zero personality, that's its problem. Other then that, it's a great song to rock out to, don't get me wrong. 2. Boyfriend Very sleazy. And very dance-able. Some of Bieber's best vocals yet. 3. As Long As You Love Me I loved this song. It was smooth, and somehow personal. You can listen to this over and over again. 4. Catching Feelings This song is very melody based, and brings back vibes of his previous song, "Falala", a song from his previous Christmas album. It certainly grows on you. 5. Take You Good, but a bit pointless. Overall, it leaves a nice fuzzy feeling afterward 6. Right Here Very nice vocals, and Drake adds a nice backdrop. One of the sleeker songs on the track. 7. Fall A fairly dippy little ballad. It's one of the weakest songs on the CD, but listenable. 8. Die In Your Arms This a way overproduced song, but it sounds five stars anyway. Feel free to dance to this one. 9. Thought Of You Passionate and AWESOME vocals. I love the catchy melody as well. 10. Beauty and A Beast Nicki Minaj tries her best to steal the song, but Justin sings well enough to bury Minaj. Actually, it was less then I expected. 11. One Love Not very imaginative lyrics, but Bieber sings very well, and the overall melody is superb. 12. Be Alright Forgettable, in all. But well put together. 13. Believe A soulful thanks to his fans, that just makes you bored. Bieber's voice is fine, but needs a cause in this one. And the choir seems a bit much. I loved this album, there were no BAD songs in it. My only problem is with the unimaginative lyrics. Step it up, JB!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
fluorescent More than 1 year ago
Awesome. Fell in love right when i plugged in my earphones. Good job Justin, don't doubt his talent.
ChloeK More than 1 year ago
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“Believe” by Justin Bieber starts out with the catchy and fun “All Around The World” featuring Ludacrais. “Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love Me” are also ok. I decided to give this cd a chance because of his strong singing and good music video for the “Baby” song. I was only hoping that the rest of the musical tunes would follow in the similar carefree energy as “All Around The World” and “Boyfriend”. This cd is more for those who are already Justin Bieber fans and/or those who enjoy teen-pop. I admit that I plan on sending the cd to a local library so that Bieber fans and/or those who like teen-pop may have a chance to hear the cd. With that said, I would only recommend the cd if you truly love “As Long As You Love Me” and/or teen-pop. However, I do still agree with those that believe that he has a lasting career in the entertainment arena and has the potential to release more creative songs in the future.