A new Bieber

Singer’s new album holds deeper meaning

I was a fan of Justin Bieber back in 2014. As a fourth grader, my routine consisted of waking up, going to school, doing homework and listening to his hit classic, “Baby,” on repeat while dancing for my posters and stuffed animals. I loved his music, but as Bieber’s behavior took a change, I stopped listening.

Now, over seven years later, I listened to Bieber’s new album “Justice” expecting feelings of nostalgia. What I heard was different from “old Bieber,” and I was surprised but happy with the change.

Bieber’s new album, compared to his older albums like “Believe” or “My World,” is very different. Instead of hearing him sing of heartbreak, I listened to his struggles with mental health in his song “Lonely.” It made me see a side celebrities don’t normally try to reveal. To see Bieber openly sing about his struggles with mental health struck a chord in me. I appreciated it.

He also sings of friendship in times of struggle and finding religion and love. That was when I realized that he was talking about all love. Most singers focus on romantic love, or rather heartbreaks, but Bieber’s songs express his platonic love for the people in his life or his religious love for God.

In his song “Ghost,” I thought a lot about the lyric “I miss you more than life (more than life).” The song was catchy and beautiful. The ache in his lyrics made my heart hurt.

I enjoyed the music, but the theme of Martin Luther King Jr. that the album claimed to be about confused me before I listened more closely. Most of the songs, if not all of them, didn’t seem to connect to MLK.

Bieber’s album had MLK inserts before the first song and had one small speech by King, and it was confusing to me. At first I thought it was a tribute to King, but something still didn’t click.

His song “Unstable” made me realize that this album might not be about King in terms of honoring him, but more about the way he stands for justice.

The more I listened to the songs, the more I liked them, despite the initial confusion. It is clear through his songs and his lyrics that Bieber has grown. Gone was the young teen I listened to as a kid, and in its place was a young adult with meaningful music to share.

In the end, I believed that the album was good, even with its flaws. The album has diverse beats and music styles like rap to fit other listeners. As an older Bieber fan, it was nice to listen to his story through his songs.

Singer Justin Bieber’s new album “Justice” was released March 19, 2021. This is the star’s sixth album.