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Changes

Justin Bieber

Changes

Fifth album and first in five years from the Canadian pop singer-songwriter with guest appearances from Quavo, Post Malone, Clever, Lil Dicky, Travis Scott, Kehlani, and Summer Walker

ADM rating[?]

5.5

Label
Def Jam / RBMG
UK Release date
14/02/2020
US Release date
14/02/2020
  1. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Those that have heard lead single Yummy will essentially be able to form their view on Changes without listening to it: if they find it icky and monotonous then that will be how they perceive the whole album, whereas those that think it’s catchy and well-produced are well and truly in luck
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  2. 7.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    Justin Bieber’s voice oscillates between the joyous and the whimsical, occasionally hinting at the anxious. He expresses extreme clinginess and strips the corrosive masculine sex drive to its origins in the child, merely seeking comfort. Changes is an album of patience, to be cherished
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  3. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Not a single thing about it sounds the tiniest bit discordant or invasive: you could blast it direct from the sunroof of your four-door and it still wouldn’t sound loud
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  4. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    It just feels subdued and unassuming, which are curious things for mainstream pop to be.
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  5. 6.0 |   The Observer

    An album that feels like a purely selfish endeavour on Bieber’s part. After years of people-pleasing, perhaps that’s its biggest success
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  6. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album finds the singer trying to usher in a new era characterized in large part by asking for help
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  7. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    A boring serenade for an audience of one
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  8. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    He’s still one of the world’s biggest pop stars, but this subdued, fitfully lovely album suggests Bieber no longer wants chart domination
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  9. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A shame that modern production gimmicks, detrimental guest spots, and some flat writing damages what is Justin’s most intimate offering to date
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  10. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    Ultimately a transitional record that finds Bieber navigating how to reconcile adulthood with pop stardom—and discovering that, at least in his case, this merger is a tricky one
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  11. 5.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Bieber’s most mature album is also his most drained, devoid of the thrills found in his best work
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  12. 5.0 |   Clash

    A mixed bag that dwells on domestic bliss
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  13. 4.5 |   Pitchfork

    The pop star returns with a grown-man, R&B album about domestic love that has all the glow and eroticism of an airport terminal.
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  14. 4.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Pop superstar’s first album in five years is sweet and tender, but ultimately shallow
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  15. 4.0 |   NME

    Bieber's limp comeback results in a collection of loved-up songs lacking innovation or substance
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  16. 4.0 |   The Independent

    A number of songs about his new wife are so uninspired that he may as well be declaring his love for a household appliance
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