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Sorry not sorry: Justin Bieber's new album is really good

2015-11-16 13:56

Los Angeles - Justin Bieber's new album is peppered with songs full of apologies and redemption. The troubled star claims he's changed. And maybe he has... Or not.

But one thing's for sure — his music has gotten better. So much better.

Purpose, Bieber's first album since 2013's R&B-influenced Journals, finds the 21-year-old edging out his own zone in the current pop music landscape. The Biebs has almost found his voice.

He opens the album — with noteworthy production from EDM expert Skrillex — with downbeat songs both personal and real. The R&B number Mark My Words feels grown-up and sexy and on I'll Show You, Bieber gets deep.

His "don't-count-me-out" attitude also shines on the simple piano tune, Life Is Worth Living, where he proclaims, "I'm working on a better me." Drawing from his real-life experiences is what makes Bieber's album notable, along with his falsetto, which he has close to mastered over the last few years.

Purpose isn't always reflective — it's also full of addictive pop gems. Even if you hate the kid, it's hard to hate the songs.

The ridiculously catchy Sorry is easily one of the year's best pop songs, thanks to its irresistible, dance-inducing beat. And the hits Where Are U Now and What Do You Mean follow suit.

No Sense has a trap sound that is a highlight; the layered and experimental The Feeling, featuring rising newcomer Halsey, has a winning hook; and Bieber is cool and calm on the stripped-down Love Yourself.

On the latter, the singer throws jabs at his ex- girlfriend with lyrics like: "My momma don't like you, but she likes everyone," but even that girl will be in love with this album.

Check out this playlist of 13 songs on the album:

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