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  • Summary: Big Sean, Drake, Ludacris, and Nicki Minaj guest on the third full-length album from the Canadian pop singer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 19, 2012
    88
    It might be the year's most beautifully sung recording.
  2. 83
    It's a prime showcase for his new voice and burgeoning mettle, proving that Bieber isn't just maturing, he's evolving.
  3. Jun 18, 2012
    80
    The beats here are deft as well as driving. Surprisingly, EDM stylings such as the juddering bassline of As Long As You Love Me work well with his plaintive and still unmistakeably teenage voice.
  4. Jun 26, 2012
    67
    Believe is most appealing when Bieber either emulates his mentor Usher-on dance-R&B tracks like "Boyfriend" (which remains one of 2012's best pop singles) or the slinky deluxe-edition track "Out Of Town Girl"-or plays to his basest, and best, pop instincts, like the aforementioned Jackson-aping "Die In Your Arms" or the Diplo-assisted head-rush "Thought Of You."
  5. Jul 9, 2012
    60
    A mostly harmless exercise in selling records.
  6. Jun 21, 2012
    60
    The more aggressive bangers are effective, though Bieber gets eclipsed by everything else going on in the tracks.
  7. 40
    The blandness of the R&B pop-soul arrangements simply throws attention on to the repetitive narrowness of Bieber's delivery.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 105
  2. Negative: 32 out of 105
  1. Jun 19, 2012
    10
    Bieber's second album does not disappoint. He showed immense growth with this album. The songs are very mature and the quality is very goodBieber's second album does not disappoint. He showed immense growth with this album. The songs are very mature and the quality is very good aswell. This album is going to convert so many haters into fans, or even beliebers. It's a pop album with heavy influences of R&B and Hip-Hop. Best songs would be "Die In Your Arms", "Maria" & "Right Here". Expand
  2. Jun 19, 2012
    10
    WOW! Im so happy with this CD its perfect in so many ways. Justin will always be my inspiration and my bby. The beats and the lyrics areWOW! Im so happy with this CD its perfect in so many ways. Justin will always be my inspiration and my bby. The beats and the lyrics are amazing and he has some great artist featuring on this CD. Hopefully ill be able to meet him someday. BELIEBER FOREVER. Expand
  3. Jun 19, 2012
    10
    For me is the best justin's album . I'm belieber and i hear albums from him but this is the best i ever hear is diferent in a good way andFor me is the best justin's album . I'm belieber and i hear albums from him but this is the best i ever hear is diferent in a good way and it's such amazing. Expand
  4. Jun 19, 2012
    10
    Believe is honestly great. Best tracks: Fall, Right Here, Maria, Take You, Boyfriend and Out Of Town Girl. It's fresh, young and pop. SoBelieve is honestly great. Best tracks: Fall, Right Here, Maria, Take You, Boyfriend and Out Of Town Girl. It's fresh, young and pop. So what? Justin succeeded that's what. Expand
  5. Jun 23, 2012
    7
    Soooo
    I'll say one thing straight away: Believe is gonna sell soooo friggin' much!
    I'll start with the positive things: Justin really did
    Soooo
    I'll say one thing straight away: Believe is gonna sell soooo friggin' much!
    I'll start with the positive things:
    Justin really did evolve since the last album, his songs are more mature, he is singing about his experiences and what he went through in the past years
    for example in Maria he's referring to that girl that said he was the father of her son,
    also there are a lot of songs where he speaks about selena gomez
    BUT
    lyrically speaking he is still doing the same thing as before:
    "gril I love you I wanna be your boyfriend blablabla"
    which is a good tactic because a lot of 13 year olds will still buy his album.
    I think that there are too many love songs in this album
    but justin bieber is not the only one that did this. Take Adele for example. she made a whole album about her being dumped by her boyfriend and how much depressed she was and blablabla....
    It's well produced, he's got the talent. but his lyrics are still stopping him (well actually, they are perfectly thought for teenagers so they are gonna take the album pretty far, but I mean artistically speaking they don't add up nothing original)
    Now let's start with the bad parts
    THE MUSICAL STYLE
    3/4 of the songs on this album are Timberlake copycats
    that doesn't mean they are not good, I actually like Timberlake a lot and I liked the songs, but I think JB's next step should be finding his own unique style.
    He's pointed a lot towards electronic in this last album which I think it's AWSOME because electronic music is the future, and he can explore more this genre and maybe give this genre a new direction like David Guetta did.
    I don't like the fact that people compare him to Michael jackson or Elvis presley because these two artist invented a new genre and JB hasn't done that yet. Unless you consider "swaggie" a genre.
    THE THING THAT MAKES ME HATE THIS ALBUM THE MOST
    there are too many songs that have been literally copied!!
    Fall----> "Beautiful Soul" Jesse Mccartney
    One love-----> "Forever" Chris Brown
    Out of town girl-----> "cry me a river" Justin Timberlake
    "Maria"------> "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson
    And that's a fact! if you don't believe me go listen to them yourself
    That is a fail to my eyes, even though I like these songs a lot.

    Best 4 tracks of the album:
    1. Out of town girl
    2. Boyfriend
    3. all around the world
    4. she don't like the lights

    Oh yes, and Die In your arms would be a perfect christmas song
    and the concept of the video "Boyfriend" is taken form the video "Girlfriend" by N Sync
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  6. Jun 27, 2012
    3
    Better than his first two attempts but still falls flat. He has a good voice but that is the only good thing i can find in this album. IBetter than his first two attempts but still falls flat. He has a good voice but that is the only good thing i can find in this album. I didn't review his last two or even listen to them because they were obviously aimed at 9-15 year old girls. But i heard this album is for anyone who can appreciate a good pop singer/song writer. Besides the fact that he didn't write most of this material if that, he may have wrote none but i'm not sure. The melodies and chords are all very simple but is expected in pop nowadays, this isn't necessarily a bad thing it makes for an easy, light listen but when the lyrics are this bland and all the songs don't differ it won't hold your full attention for the whole album. This is just the record companies way of keeping all his younger fans while also trying to reach older girls, which i won't condemn them for but it just shows that this album is not for me or any guy or any girl over the age of 19 should i say. I'm not saying listening to it is annoying or torture but besides the fact that it's not awful i can't find a reason to give this a positive review. Expand
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    0
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