by Robert Perales, A&E Editor
With the distribution of Justin Bieber’s latest re-release, “Believe Acoustic,” the question of whether or not the original release was good enough to even get a re-release arises. While the answer might be a simple no, “Believe Acoustic,” does much more for its audience than first anticipated.
Although some tracks benefit from the different instrumental breakdowns – “Boyfriend” and “Take You” – the majority of the re-released songs represent dry and depleted versions of the original tracks.
The opening track, “Boyfriend,” is the only track on the album to fully display Bieber’s immense potential through an acoustic track.
The original version uses a majority of computer enhanced synths and beats to create more of a radio friendly track, but the electronics negatively affect the track by making it sound more juvenile and geared toward a much younger age group.
On the other hand, the stripped down acoustic version displays Bieber’s flexibility as an artist as well as his continuous growth in terms of his maturity. The rearrangement abandons the computer enhanced elements and allows listeners to hear the fragility and tone in Bieber’s voice, which has obviously grown since the release of “Believe” last year.
Aside from “Boyfriend” and “Take You,” the rest of the re-released tracks on the album fail to make much improvement from the previous versions. Some tracks have even managed to lose a sense of what has made them special, including their dynamic instrumental beats.
The hit singles “Beauty and a Beat” and “All Around the World” perfectly exemplify the tracks that are no longer considered standouts. The original tracks were evidently refreshing tracks to mainstream music, but the acoustic versions abandon their powerful elements.
However, the album is salvaged by the inclusion of three original tracks, two of which are some of Bieber’s strongest tracks.
The first original track, “Yellow Raincoat,” allows listeners to adapt to Bieber’s evolving sound. Although the lyrics and melody are simple, the track arouses a nostalgic aura.
The second track, “I Would,” revolts back to Biebers juvenile attempt at music making.
“If I could take away the pain and put a smile on your face, baby, I would,” Bieber sings as the chorus of the song.
The tracks lyrics and instrumental break down, while they’re simple and unflattering, will garner widespread attention from Bieber’s largest fan group, teenage girls.
On another note, the album closes with one of Bieber’s strongest tracks released to date. The self-penned track, “Nothing Like Us,” is rumoured to be about Bieber’s past relationship with Selena Gomez. Nevertheless, the track displays Bieber in his strongest element.
As the closing track, “Nothing Like Us” rounds out an overall lacking album and allows it to conclude in the brightest way possible.
Despite lacking in multiple categories, “Believe Acoustic” serves as a major step forward for Bieber’s career as it demonstrates his potential to grow as an artist in the future.
The album debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with over 120,000 copies sold according to Nielsen Soundscan, which is the tracking system for record sales in the U.S. and Canada.The latest release marks Bieber’s fourth number 1 album on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Bieber will continue to embark on his 3rd worldwide tour, the “Believe Tour,” in order to promote his two previous releases before finally making an appearance in Chicago on July 9 at the United Center.
This event will mark Bieber’s third appearance in Chicago since the release of his debut album “My World 2.0.” His current tour has garnered over 85 million dollars worldwide.