Believe Acoustic

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Believe Acoustic
Remix album by Justin Bieber
Released January 29, 2013
Recorded 2012–13
Length 36:22
Label Schoolboy, RBMG, Island
Producer Justin Bieber, Dan Kanter, Tom Strahle, Da Internz, Aaron Michael Cox, Teddy Riley, Benjamin Fekete
Justin Bieber chronology
Believe
(2012)
Believe Acoustic
(2013)
Journals
(2013)

Believe Acoustic is the third remix album by Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber. It was released on January 29, 2013. The album features acoustic and live versions of songs from his third studio album Believe (2012), as well as three new recordings.

Background[edit]

Justin Bieber confirmed the project on December 8, 2012, by tweeting "Been writing a lot...new stuff...and yeah. the acoustic album, new arrangements, is happening".[1] The track listing for the (then) EP was revealed on December 22, 2012, featuring 8 tracks.[2] On January 6, 2013 it was announced that 11 tracks would be featured on the album instead, including new songs "Nothing Like Us" "Yellow Raincoat" and "I Would".[3]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
The Washington Times 2.5/5 stars[7]

Believe Acoustic received generally mixed reviews from music critics. Robert Copsey of Digital Spy wrote that the removal of the multi-layered production and "studio trickery" on Believe reveals a "smoother and less [...] babyish vocal than most will be familiar with". He noted that "embarrassingly weak lyrics" is a recurring issue throughout the album, though it's "largely saved" by Kanter, who "ensures the melodic hooks remain largely intact". He noted that it's "less of an issue" on the album's three new songs. He concluded that: "we'd prefer the polished, shinier and glossier Justin Bieber any day".[5] Andrew Leahy of The Washington Times cited Believe Acoustic to be a way of "squeezing extra cash out of material that already has been released". He wrote that only a few of the new arrangements "shine any new light" on the original versions.[7]

Andy Kellman of Allmusic wrote that like My Worlds Acoustic (2010), Believe Acoustic "maintains the flow of Bieber product following a proper studio album". He noted that the "playful side" of Believe is not "well-suited for earnest, stripped-down renderings": "Party anthems like 'Beauty and a Beat' and lines like 'Chillin' by the fire while we eatin' fondue,' from 'Boyfriend,' seem silly when performed with the singer in serious artist mode."[4] Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone wrote that as "cash-grab" remix albums go, Believe Acoustic offers a "little added value, for hardcore fans, at least." According to Rosen, the acoustic versions of "blustery" dance-pop songs like "All Around the World" and "Beauty and a Beat" sound "a tad wan", with "a six-string standing in for the synths and bludgeoning rhythms". She, however, stated that Bieber "gives the songs his best, and his raspy, soulful vocal tone stands out nicely against the stark musical backdrop". Rosen cited the best songs on the album to be the three new studio tracks.[6]

On February 9, 2013, Bieber gave a debut performance of "Nothing Like Us", a bonus track on Believe Acoustic on Saturday Night Live. He served as both the host and musical guest and also performed an acoustic set of "As Long as You Love Me".[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Boyfriend" (Acoustic Version) Mike Posner, Mason Levy, Matthew Musto, Justin Bieber Bieber, Dan Kanter 3:07
2. "As Long as You Love Me" (Acoustic Version) Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Andre Lindal, Atweh, Bieber, Sean Anderson Bieber, Kanter 3:41
3. "Beauty and a Beat" (Acoustic Version) Max Martin, Anton Zaslavski, Savan Kotecha, Onika Maraj Bieber, Kanter 2:24
4. "She Don't Like the Lights" (Acoustic Version) Jerkins, Lindal, Tiyon Mack, Bieber Bieber, Kanter, Benjamin Fekete 3:35
5. "Take You" (Acoustic Version) Bieber, Raphaël Judrin, Pierre-Antoine Melki, Ross Golan, James Abrahart, Alex Dezen, Ben Maddahi Bieber, Kanter 2:59
6. "Be Alright" (Acoustic Version) Bieber, Kanter Bieber, Kanter 3:30
7. "All Around the World" (Acoustic Version) Bieber, Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger, Nolan Lambroza, Christopher Bridges Bieber, Kanter 2:36
8. "Fall" (Live Acoustic) Bieber, Levy, Jacob Lutrell Bieber, Kanter 3:40
9. "Yellow Raincoat"   Bieber, Tom Strahle, Josh Gudwin Bieber, Tom Strahle 3:44
10. "I Would"   Bieber, Kanter Da Internz, Benjamin Fekete , Aaron Michael Cox 3:47
11. "Nothing Like Us" (bonus track) Bieber Bieber, Benjamin Fekete 3:19

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Argentine Albums (CAPIF)[9] 1
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 2
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 4
Brazilian Albums (Billboard Brasil)[14] 1
Canadian Albums (Nielsen Soundscan)[15] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[16] 3
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[17] 4
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 7
German Albums (Media Control)[19] 36
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[20] 16
Irish Albums (IRMA)[21] 4
Italian Albums (FIMI)[22] 5
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[23] 50
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[24][A] 1
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[25] 2
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[26] 9
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[27] 2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[28] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 4
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 5
US Billboard 200[32] 1
  • A^ Territories where Believe Acoustic was released, and charted in conjunction with Believe; sales are also combined.

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