Under the Mistletoe - Justin Bieber
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  • Summary: The second album for the teenage pop singer is a Christmas album with guest appearances by The Band Perry, Boyz II Men, Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey, and Usher.
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  1. Oct 31, 2011
    60
    Bieber definitely sounds more enthused by the original songs--some of which resemble everyday numbers with patched-on seasonal references--and a cover of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (featuring Carey herself). The versions of holiday staples are pulled off with varying results.
  2. 58
    The Biebs' gentle set of gentile carols on Under the Mistletoe isn't coal-lump bad; it's more like a dorky sweater from Nana with a 20 in the pocket.
  3. 50
    Mr. Bieber hasn't ever sounded this good. But even Mr. Harrell can't place Mr. Bieber on equal footing with some of his more accomplished guests
  4. Dec 8, 2011
    40
    The guests are the album's saving grace.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 14 out of 18
  1. Jun 27, 2012
    10
    A great album, well produced with a mix of classics which have been switched around and some originals such as the ever popular 'Mistletoe'. Justins newest album 'Believe' is a step up from this, i'd give that a 10/10 as well. Hes going no where but up. Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2011
    8
    In his first Christmas album, Bieber opens with a mid-tempo ballad "Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas", which is followed by a Jason Mraz feel in "Mistletoe". However, Bieber's interpretation of "The Christmas Song" resonates well with the vocals of Usher. A Jackson 5 feel in "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" helps show Bieber's interpretation of the piece, while still aiming to restore the classical feel. His collaboration with Boyz II Men in "Fa La La" shows his vocal abilities, even though the lyrics can get a bit repetitive. In Mariah Carey's classic "All I Want for Christmas is You", Bieber maintains to sing the song in its original octave, and it proves to be a chance to show his vocal ability. The album's worst track is definitely "Drummer Boy", when Bieber tries to put his own twist of the song in the form of a rap. Despite this, Bieber manages to rebound on "Christmas Eve" by showing his musicality on one of the album's best tracks with a slow R&B feel. "All I Want Is You" demonstrates the maturity of Bieber's lyrics and its Christmas bells help set the holiday tone. His collaboration with The Band Perry in "Home This Christmas" shows not only his vocal ability, but also his way of crossing over into the country genre. In the final track of "Silent Night", Bieber shows a softer side that is peaceful and a good end to the album. All in all, Under the Mistletoe is worth listening to during the holiday season, and contains some original tracks that will never be forgotten. Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2011
    3
    This album is nothing more the My World 3.0 The Christmas Edition with some of the worst vocal work I've ever heard. The only thing that saves this album at times are the featured artist like Boyz II Men. The one good song would have to be Fa La La, and it's only good if you take out Bieber's god awful vocals, and his white boy rapping on Drummer Boy is just unforgivable Expand
  4. Nov 20, 2011
    0
    just a fail christmas album with track after track a voice deep that it sounds like his voice is craking for 37:51 straight
    waste of money
    and total nightmare Expand
  5. Nov 8, 2011
    0
    Innovation and art. Only listening the first song of this album you realize it's a masterpiece, an album destined to change music history defining the sound that will dominate in the next years and that a lot of artists will take as an influence... Yes, I was talking about Physical Graffiti of Led Zeppelin. The complete opposite of the album that I'm doing this review, Under The Mistletoe of Justin Bieber. Let's begin: This CD is the mix of seedy Christmas songs and Bieber's My World 2.0. The result, obviously, a complete fail. I have listened the entire album, and I can assure you that it deserves the lowest rating that can exist. When you listen to the first song, you begin to think: What the hell is this? No musical taste, all the time the same thing, no catchy, only saved because there is a "guitar". But it will disappear in the next songs. After listening to the main single and song number 2 (Mistletoe), it's clear that all the album is going to be the same, song after song. It is. Boring and boring, with no taste of rhythm, with some "interesting" openings (like Home This Christmas, song n 10), but when he starts to sing all falls down. And the worst are the Dance-Pop parts, with the "electronic" awful drums bases that doesn't fit at all with this corny Christmas spirit omnipresent on the whole album. The best song is Silent Night, because is the less modified traditional song, without electronic appalling bases. And the worst song on the record, and surely the worst ever made, is Drummer Boy, where Justin does a WTF rap that would make Ice T, Tupac and Run DMC cry and despair, with the most absurd lyrics ever written (Ra pum pum pum Ra pum pum pum pum pum Iâ Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2012
    0
    I hope he dies in a fire. . Expand
  7. Oct 1, 2012
    0
    Another awful album from Bieber............definitely one of the worst Christmas albums to date..............

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