Changes (Justin Bieber album)

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Changes
Justin Bieber - Changes.png
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)[1]
RecordedApril 2019–January 2020
GenreR&B
Length47:56
Label
Producer
Justin Bieber chronology
The Best
(2019)
Changes
(2020)
Justin Bieber studio album chronology
Purpose
(2015)
Changes
(2020)
Singles from Changes
  1. "Yummy"
    Released: January 3, 2020
  2. "Intentions"
    Released: February 7, 2020
  3. "Forever"
    Released: February 14, 2020[2]

Changes is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer Justin Bieber.[3][4] It was released on February 14, 2020, by Def Jam Recordings and RBMG serving as the follow-up to his 2015 album Purpose.[1][5] The album contains features from Quavo, Post Malone, Clever, Lil Dicky, Travis Scott, Kehlani, and Summer Walker, enlisting a variety of producers including Adam Messinger, The Audibles, Boi-1da, Harv, Nasri, JaVale McGee, Poo Bear, Sasha Sirota, Tainy and Vinylz. It is primarily an R&B album, with influences from electro-R&B, pop and trap.

Changes was preceded by two singles: "Yummy" was released as the lead single on January 3, 2020, which debuted and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. "Intentions" featuring Quavo, was released as the second single on February 7, 2020. Upon release, the album was met with mixed reviews from critics, majority of whom criticized the lyrical content, lack of variation, and emotional maturity, while few were favourable towards the production and Bieber's vocals.

Background[edit]

At the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Bieber joined American singer Ariana Grande on stage to perform his track "Sorry"; he then announced that an album was coming soon. On October 27, 2019, Bieber announced that he would only drop his upcoming studio album before Christmas if his Instagram post reached 20 million likes,[6] however it failed to do so. The post has since been deleted and the release was consequently postponed.[7]

Release and promotion[edit]

The lead single "Yummy" was released on January 3, 2020, and peaked within the top 10 in numerous countries, debuting at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. It was remixed a month later on February 3, 2020 with American singer Summer Walker.[8] The album title along with its cover were revealed on January 28, 2020. The announcement was accompanied by the release of the promotional single "Get Me" featuring American singer Kehlani.[5] The second official single, "Intentions", featuring American rapper Quavo, was released on February 7, 2020.[9]

On February 8, 2020, Bieber performed his first Saturday Night Live performance in seven years. He was introduced by the host RuPaul, before performing "Yummy" and "Intentions", with Quavo there to perform his verse in "Intentions".[10]

Justin Bieber: Seasons[edit]

The 10-episode docu-series, Justin Bieber: Seasons premiered on January 27, 2020, sharing insights about his career and detailing his return to music after canceling the American stadium leg of his Purpose World Tour in 2017.[11][12] The series was described as an in-depth look on his musical creation process.[13]

Changes Tour[edit]

The album will be supported by the Changes Tour. The tour is scheduled to begin on May 14, 2020, in Seattle at the CenturyLink Field.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?5.4/10[14]
Metacritic55/100[15]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[16]
Clash5/10[17]
Evening Standard3/5 stars[18]
The Guardian3/5 stars[19]
The Independent2/5 stars[20]
NME2/5 stars[21]
Pitchfork4.5/10[22]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[23]
Sputnikmusic3/5[24]
The Times2/5 stars[25]

Changes received mixed to negative reviews from music critics. Some praised the production and Bieber's vocals, while others criticized its repetitive tone and lyrical content. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 55, based on fifteen reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[26]

Writing for AllMusic, Andy Kellman gave the album an overall positive review, particularly commending Bieber's vocal skills, describing his falsetto pleas as "neither bitter nor entitled, strictly genuine and adult".[27] Mikael Wood of Los Angeles Times, defined the album as "a low-key set of gentle electro-R&B jams that depicts his relationship with Hailey Baldwin, as a refuge from the unkind world he's still not quite ready to reenter". Noting the trap beats prevalent in the album, Wood commented that "the sprinkling of on-trend trap drums indicate he's [Bieber is] thinking about it, as do streaming-bait guest spots by Post Malone and Travis Scott".[28] Variety's Jeremy Helligar wrote that Bieber "never sounded better, or more in love, but the nonstop bedroom romanticism doesn't leave much room for exploring demons or expressing joy", expanding that Bieber's voice and the production are "flawless", and "his soul is in the right place", but there's "something airless about the album, too, like he could have left the window open a crack to let some sunshine in". Helligar compared the sonic cohesiveness of Changes to that of Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next.[29]

Insider's Courteney Larocca and Callie Ahlgrim were favourable towards Bieber's "pristine" vocal performance, but dismissed the "subpar" lyrics, concluding Changes is "ultimately a snooze fest". They pointed out "Habitual" as "easily the best track" on the album, while "All Around Me" is "underwhelming" as the opening track.[30] Emma Garland of Vice, commented: "Each track is built on a simple hook or a looping beat, in favour of subtle melodies and lots of repetition, that laid back pace gives his voice room to luxuriate, but the songs often fall flat", with "no tension, no build". She highlighted the "formulaic arrangements and wandering melodies", which struggle "to hit home in a major way", like Purpose did.[31] In a two-star review, Roisin O'Connor of The Independent stated that Changes "isn't so much an album that would rile you to the point of turning it off. Rather, it washes over you, with its mostly average beats and seemingly random cluster of guest features", adding that it is "full of vague platitudes about love from a singer who has yet to grow up". O'Connor concluded that Bieber "hasn't come all that far" since the days of "Baby", as "a number of songs about his new wife [[Hailey Baldwin]] are so uninspired that he may as well be declaring his love for a household appliance".[20]

Rating the album two stars, Hannah Mylrea of NME wrote that Bieber's "limp comeback" results in a collection of "a knackering, loved-up slog lacking substance", that is "overly reliant on trendy production and profound(ish) romantic proclamations". She added that it is "a disappointing comeback from an artist who has a track record in creating hits", as it is "one romp that never reaches climax".[21] Evening Standard's David Smyth expressed his disappointment in the album's subject matter, but complimented its production: "In fact, so single-minded is his [Bieber] approach this time that it feels like she's [Baldwin] his only intended audience", and thus Bieber's audience at his tour "are going to be underwhelmed by the unchanging, lounging pace of the new material, gently ticking beats and lack of memorable choruses".[18] Rating the album a 4.5 out of 10, Jayson Greene of Pitchfork, wrote that "Changes settles into a middle-distance, stream-friendly murmur that is more sleepy than salacious", adding that its songs "are all cold angles and frictionless surfaces, devoid of intimacy and heat". He pointed out that "nearly every song on Changes resembles every other in tempo, arrangement, and often in lyrics, which seem to be sourced from the same 10 or 15 pastel candy hearts".[32]

Writing for Clash, Nick Roseblade opined that the main problem with Changes is that "it isn't exciting or dynamic and suffers from dragging in places", citing the "lack of variation" on the album, as a reason.[33] Nylon's Alim Kheraj wrote that Changes "exemplifies just how detached and uninterested" Bieber has become. He stated that the album emulates the early 2000s, but it "doesn't do so reverentially, nor does it borrow from a sonic palette to make it new again", and thus resulting in an "uninspired and confused" record, adding that the album "lacks the emotional maturity" to translate Bieber's marriage. He described Bieber's treatment of sex on the album is "instant, bountiful, in your face, but ultimately unrealistic and devoid of any eroticism" like pornography. Kheraj concluded that Bieber's "misguided foray into adulthood and untapped creative potential he clearly thought it would be", is "a myopic result of the privilege he's gotten used to as a white male artist making art in America".[34]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal,[35] Google Play,[36] and Apple Music.[37]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."All Around Me"
2:16
2."Habitual"
2:48
3."Come Around Me"
3:20
4."Intentions" (featuring Quavo)
  • Poo Bear
  • The Audibles
3:32
5."Yummy"
  • Bieber
  • Ashley Boyd
  • J. Boyd
  • Daniel Hackett
  • Sirota
  • Poo Bear
  • Kid Culture
  • Sirota
3:28
6."Available"
3:15
7."Forever" (featuring Post Malone and Clever)
  • Harv
  • Poo Bear
3:39
8."Running Over" (featuring Lil Dicky)
  • Bieber
  • David Burd
  • Robin Weisse
  • J. Boyd
  • Jordan
  • Giannos
  • Joshua Mbewe
  • Poo Bear
  • The Audibles
  • Laxcity
2:59
9."Take It Out on Me"
  • Poo Bear
  • Kid Culture
2:58
10."Second Emotion" (featuring Travis Scott)
  • Poo Bear
  • The Audibles
3:22
11."Get Me" (featuring Kehlani)
3:05
12."E.T.A."
  • Bieber
  • J. Boyd
  • Philip Beaudreau
  • Tom Strahle
  • Gudwin
  • Poo Bear
  • Gudwin
  • Beaudreau
  • Strahle
2:56
13."Changes"2:15
14."Confirmation"
  • Bieber
  • J. Boyd
  • Moses Samuels
  • Olaniyi Akinkunmi
  • Poo Bear
  • Sons of Sonix
2:50
15."That's What Love Is"
  • Bieber
  • J. Boyd
  • Sirota
  • Courtney Sills
  • Poo Bear
  • Sirota
2:45
16."At Least for Now"
  • Bieber
  • J. Boyd
  • Joshua Williams
  • Harvey
  • Poo Bear
  • Harv
  • Williams
2:29
Total length:47:56
Digital, streaming and Japan bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Yummy (Summer Walker Remix)" (with Summer Walker)
  • Bieber
  • Walker
  • J. Boyd
  • Hackett
  • A. Boyd
  • Sirota
  • Poo Bear
  • Kid Culture
  • Sirota
3:29
Total length:51:25
Japan deluxe edition bonus DVD[38]
No.TitleDirector(s)Length
1."Yummy" (music video)Bardia Zeinali3:50
2."Yummy" (lyric video) 3:23
Total length:7:13

Notes[edit]

  • ^a signifies an additional producer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[39] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[40] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[41] 5
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[42] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[43] 4
Irish Albums (OCC)[44] 2
Italian Albums (FIMI)[45] 7
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[46] 16
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[47] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[48] 2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[49] 5
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[50] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[51] 1

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various February 14, 2020 Def Jam [37]
March 13, 2020 [52][53]

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