Review: Justin Bieber, ‘Journals’


Journals steps in the right direction stylistically, isn’t without flaws.  Justin Bieber • Journals • Island • US Release Date: December 23, 2013 For a brief time via iTunes (beginning December 23), Justin Bieber has compiled his Music Mondays releases into one digital album, Journals.  Over the past two months, I’ve reviewed the previously issued…

Justin Bieber #MusicMonday: “Hold Tight” Just So-So


Justin Bieber⎪ “Hold Tight” ⎪ Island Def Jam ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 21, 2013 I’ll try to be nice, but it’s kinda difficult, particularly when there is plenty of room for criticism and scrutinization.  Let me say it this way.  Is it just me or is Justin Bieber’s Music Mondays starting to sound pretty…

Justin Bieber’s Music Monday Take 2: “All That Matters”


Justin Bieber⎪ “All That Matters” ⎪Island⎪⎪ Single Release Date: October 14, 2013 I know that girls swoon every Monday when Justin Bieber drops a new joint, but so do us music journalists, bloggers, and pop cultural buffs.  Yep! Sure, maybe we don’t ‘swoon’ because of Bieber’s voice or constant shirtlessness, but we do swoon because we…

Justin Bieber’s “Heartbreaker”: Hit or Miss?


Bieber’s first ‘Music Mondays’ release is a slow jam  Justin Bieber⎪“Heartbreaker”⎪Island⎪⎪ Single Release Date: October 7, 2013 Is it safe to say that Justin Bieber truly wants to be on the ‘urban’ side of music? I think the aforementioned question is quite the understatement, judging by the company Bieber keeps and his most recent music. …