Justin Bieber – Believe Acoustic
Text: Joelle Chong
Consisting of eight previously released tracks and three new songs, Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber returns to his acoustic roots with his latest release Believe Acoustic.
‘Beauty and a Beat’, which features Nicki Minaj in the actual version, is given a new interpretation here, where the song sheds away its dance-pop melody and the crazy drum thumping but retains its strong rhythm with the quick guitar strumming.
Emotional ballad ‘As Long As You Love Me’ makes you slip deeper into the abyss of Bieber’s emotions as he croons earnestly, keeping the angst, if not emphasising, in the original song.
‘Be Alright’ is a personal favourite, although we cannot decide which version we love more. The guitar-led version has an extra perk to it, while the current version, which uses the piano as the main accompaniment, feels more mellow and sincere.
New song ‘Yellow Raincoat’ may feel like an album filler, but ‘I Would’ is definitely a gem. The uplifting but simple melody gives the listener a positive feeling, as Bieber serenades “If I could take away the pain and put a smile on your face / baby, I would / baby I would”.
Bieber also showcases his composition skills as he pens a new break-up song ‘Nothing Like Us’, which is a song directly referring to his split from ex-girlfriend and singer Selena Gomez. The raw way in which the 18-year-old performs gives this somber ballad a personal touch and will resonate well with those in the same situation.
It’s a pity title track ‘Boyfriend’ pales in comparison to the rest of the acoustic tunes. While the acoustic version gives the song a more emotional feel, it loses the swagger the pop version encompasses.
Recommended tracks: Be Alright, Fall, I Would
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