Believe

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
If you subtract the remixes, acoustic versions, live takes, and holiday material that filled Justin Bieber's releases from 2009-2011, Believe falls only a few tracks shy of doubling the singer's quantity of original songs. That fact alone will satisfy a large portion of his fans. More notably, Believe finds Bieber co-writing all but one song and handling his "not a boy, not quite a man" status with poise, despite some considerable contrast between his age and what he has been through. He's at a point in his life where he would fully deserve a pass for taking himself too seriously, but there's "Boyfriend" -- a G-rated "Wait (The Whisper Song)" with a My World-like chorus --...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
If you subtract the remixes, acoustic versions, live takes, and holiday material that filled Justin Bieber's releases from 2009-2011, Believe falls only a few tracks shy of doubling the singer's quantity of original songs. That fact alone will satisfy a large portion of his fans. More notably, Believe finds Bieber co-writing all but one song and handling his "not a boy, not quite a man" status with poise, despite some considerable contrast between his age and what he has been through. He's at a point in his life where he would fully deserve a pass for taking himself too seriously, but there's "Boyfriend" -- a G-rated "Wait (The Whisper Song)" with a My World-like chorus -- in which he compares himself to Buzz Lightyear. He has endured puberty, including a voice change, all the while undergoing intense public scrutiny that has included fallout from a paternity accusation. He addresses the paternity issue head-on in "Maria," a real-life, modern-day rewrite of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean": "That ain't my baby/That ain't my girl." (The song is not on the shorter 13-track edition, but it's the most significant song in Bieber's catalog thus far.) Given the space allowed by an hour-long release, Bieber aims for just about every pop market. Believe incorporates appearances from Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Big Sean, while Ludacris is back for the first time. A song featuring slabs of dubstep bass is followed by an acoustic ballad. The throwback "Die in Your Arms" heavily references young MJ, harpsichord and all, and is driven by a well-known breakbeat. The title song involves a gospel choir, while the sound of an acoustic guitar is almost as common as a dance beat. Lyrically, Bieber seems to be in no rush to enter Chris Brown territory. He stays PG, flattering and flirting or stating devotion throughout the majority of the songs; "Loving you is so damn easy" might be the line most likely to raise an eyebrow, while several others, like "Everyone's itching for beauty, but you're scratchin' the surface," have a goofy/awkward teenage charm to them. Believe has enough strong material to keep most of the followers satisfied for another year, while elders should feel relieved that nothing is as sickly sweet as "Baby."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2012
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602537016730
  • Catalog Number: 001693402
  • Sales rank: 20,939

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All Around the World (4:04)
  2. 2 Boyfriend (2:51)
  3. 3 As Long as You Love Me - Big Sean (3:49)
  4. 4 Catching Feelings (3:54)
  5. 5 Take You (3:40)
  6. 6 Right Here (3:24)
  7. 7 Fall (4:08)
  8. 8 Die In Your Arms (3:57)
  9. 9 Thought of You (3:50)
  10. 10 Beauty and a Beat (3:47)
  11. 11 One Love (3:54)
  12. 12 Be Alright (3:09)
  13. 13 Believe (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Justin Bieber Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Mike Posner Keyboards
Rodney Jerkins Piano, Drums, Harpsichord
Artie Reynolds Bass
Eric Dawkins Background Vocals
Kuk Harrell Background Vocals
Michael Ripoll Guitar
Deanna Della Cioppa Background Vocals
Travis Sayles Piano, Strings
Aganee Drums
Nasri Atweh Background Vocals
Dammo Farmer Bass
Thomas Lumpkins Background Vocals
Zedd Keyboards
Greg Morgan Background Vocals
Nasri Background Vocals
DJ Tay James scratching
Technical Credits
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Alphonso Mizell Composer
Freddie Perren Composer
Mike Posner Composer, Producer
Deke Richards Composer
Rodney Jerkins Composer
Eric Dawkins Composer
Kuk Harrell Producer, Vocal Producer
Max Martin Composer, Producer, Vocal Producer, Vocal Mixing
Doug Joswick Package Production
Ariel Rechtshaid Producer
J. Que Smith Producer
Jacob Luttrell Composer, Producer
Travis Sayles Composer, Producer
Diplo Producer
Dan Kanter Producer
Antonio Dixon Composer, Instrumentation
Ariel Chobaz Vocal Engineer
Bei Maejor Producer
Rob Kinelski Engineer
Vanessa Price grooming
Herb Rooney Composer
James "Scrappy" Stassen Engineer
Todd Russell Art Direction
Matt Voss Marketing
Adam Messinger Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrumentation
Nasri Atweh Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Josh Gudwin Engineer
Scott "Scooter" Braun Executive Producer
Justin Bieber Composer, Producer
The Pentagon Producer
Hit-Boy Producer
Kristen Yiengst Photo Production
Benny Steele Guitar Engineer
Dave Kutch Mastering
Christopher Bridges Composer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan Engineer
Christopher Hicks Producer
Thomas Lumpkins Composer
David Grant Marketing
Andre Lindal Composer, Producer
Onika Maraj Composer
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins Producer
Mason Levy Composer
Usher Raymond IV Executive Producer
MDL Producer
Matt Champlin Engineer
Zedd Programming, Producer
Daniela Rivera Engineer
Greg Morgan Sound Design
Michael Alexander Marketing
Nasri Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Andre "Drizza Don" Bridges Engineer
Matthew Musto Composer, Guitar Producer
Kelly Lumpkins Composer
Nius Producer
SoFLY Producer
Nolan Lambroza Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrumentation
Dennis "Aganee" Jenkins Composer, Producer
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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    I thought Justin did a very good job on this album. Very polishe

    I thought Justin did a very good job on this album. Very polished, it never misses a beat. I particularly liked One Love, Thought of You, As Long As You Love me, and Catching Feelings. All the other aren't bad at all, these just popped up at me. I'll make this a track review.

    1. All Around The World

    This is a fine song, very well put together, but there is zero personality, that's its problem. Other then that, it's a great song to rock out to, don't get me wrong.

    2. Boyfriend

    Very sleazy. And very dance-able. Some of Bieber's best vocals yet.

    3. As Long As You Love Me

    I loved this song. It was smooth, and somehow personal. You can listen to this over and over again.

    4. Catching Feelings

    This song is very melody based, and brings back vibes of his previous song, "Falala", a song from his previous Christmas album. It certainly grows on you.

    5. Take You

    Good, but a bit pointless. Overall, it leaves a nice fuzzy feeling afterward

    6. Right Here

    Very nice vocals, and Drake adds a nice backdrop. One of the sleeker songs on the track.

    7. Fall

    A fairly dippy little ballad. It's one of the weakest songs on the CD, but listenable.

    8. Die In Your Arms

    This a way overproduced song, but it sounds five stars anyway. Feel free to dance to this one.

    9. Thought Of You

    Passionate and AWESOME vocals. I love the catchy melody as well.

    10. Beauty and A Beast

    Nicki Minaj tries her best to steal the song, but Justin sings well enough to bury Minaj. Actually, it was less then I expected.

    11. One Love

    Not very imaginative lyrics, but Bieber sings very well, and the overall melody is superb.

    12. Be Alright

    Forgettable, in all. But well put together.

    13. Believe

    A soulful thanks to his fans, that just makes you bored. Bieber's voice is fine, but needs a cause in this one. And the choir seems a bit much.

    I loved this album, there were no BAD songs in it. My only problem is with the unimaginative lyrics. Step it up, JB!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    Awesome. Fell in love right when i plugged in my earphones. Good

    Awesome. Fell in love right when i plugged in my earphones. Good job Justin, don't doubt his talent.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    I LOVEEEEEE JUSTINNNNNNNNNNN BIEBERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!(:

    I LOVEEEEEE JUSTINNNNNNNNNNN BIEBERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!(:

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

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    ¿Believe¿ by Justin Bieber starts out with the catchy and fun ¿A

    “Believe” by Justin Bieber starts out with the catchy and fun “All Around The World” featuring Ludacrais. “Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love Me” are also ok. I decided to give this cd a chance because of his strong singing and good music video for the “Baby” song. I was only hoping that the rest of the musical tunes would follow in the similar carefree energy as “All Around The World” and “Boyfriend”. This cd is more for those who are already Justin Bieber fans and/or those who enjoy teen-pop. I admit that I plan on sending the cd to a local library so that Bieber fans and/or those who like teen-pop may have a chance to hear the cd. With that said, I would only recommend the cd if you truly love “As Long As You Love Me” and/or teen-pop. However, I do still agree with those that believe that he has a lasting career in the entertainment arena and has the potential to release more creative songs in the future.

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