In April of 2010, NC alum Alec Robles wrote a review about Justin Bieber’s second album My World 2.0 and ripped the album to shreds. Ten years later, Bieber embarks on releasing his fifth studio album Changes. Before the release of his upcoming album, The Chant decided to re-review his second album.
Robles’ started off the review talking about Bieber’s success at such a young age and his fan base. He then goes on to talk about his pitchy voice and lack of experience. When Bieber released his second album, he turned sixteen with his voice just beginning to crack.
“Annoying everyone else, Bieber’s high pitched, barely cracked voice singing lyrics about confused feelings at such a young age leaves listeners’ ears scorching,” Robles said.
In the article, instead of actually critiquing the album, Robles writes about his strong dislike for Bieber. Throughout the piece, Robles talks about how he does not understand how Bieber gained his fans and questions about why Bieber sings about the topics he does.
“Because of the mature topic his lyrics discuss, one question continues to linger in people’s minds: ‘Come on, he is only 16 years old. How much can he possibly know on topics such as love and severe heartbreak?’” Robles said.
Age does not define when someone learns about love. Love shows itself in different ways, and people express their love in various ways. Almost every song on the radio and on the Billboard Top 100 contains a young adult singing about love or heartbreak. This statement could apply to not only Bieber but other famous young adult artists, such as Billie Eilish.
Robles only reviews one song from the My World 2.0 album, “Pick Me,” and talks about how childish the lyrics seem. After listening to the song, the lyrics may seem childish, but it shows off his vocal range and makes fans dance back and forth. The song’s tune resembles other songs released during the time frame, but overall, the song conveys a message: the girl he likes should pick him instead of any other guy.
The article ends with Robles judging Bieber’s career based on this album. He thinks if Bieber continues with this career choice, then he will get nowhere. Bieber proved this statement incorrect as he approaches the release date of his fifth album. After taking a break for five years to work on his mental health and recover from his diagnosis of Lyme disease, Bieber came back stronger than ever. He released a new album and a docu-series on YouTube and plans to travel the world on tour with Jaden Smith and Kehlani.
The album deserves more praise than Robles gave it as it contains hit songs such as “Baby” and “U Smile.” In 2010 at the American Music Awards, Bieber’s album got nominated and won in four different categories, along with winning artist of the year, beating pop singers such as Katy Perry and Kesha. Even if people disliked Bieber, everyone knows the catchy tune “Baby.” Robles critiqued Bieber as an artist more than actually reviewing his album as he only reviewed one song from the album.