Well, the Biebs has done it again. If Believe didn’t melt the hearts of everyone already then this acoustic album is certain to. Taking number one hits like, “Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love Me” and stripping them down to simpler, acoustic versions is the sign of true talent and definitely makes for a great record. Justin Bieber’s “Believe Acoustic” was released January 29th and is already the number one album on iTunes to no surprise seeing as how Believe was such a hit when it was released back in June. The album features eight acoustic versions of tracks from the album as well as three new songs.
“Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love Me” are just as good acoustic as they are on the first album, if not better. Both songs have a similar sound when stripped to their acoustic roots. These two tracks feature the classic Bieber love-ballads that are sure to make girls swoon the second the lyrics come out of his mouth. “Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love Me” both focus on how he would treat a girlfriend and how as long as you love him, nothing else matters. Both of things songs are probably my favorites on the album due to their rich vocals and raw acoustic sound.
“Beauty and a Beat”, another hit song from Believe and one of those most talked about songs due to the collaboration with Nicki Minaj, probably loses some of its appeal in acoustic form. Personally, the song sounds better in acoustic form because you can hear the words more clearly and it has a slow jam feel, but a lot of the hype from the song comes from the collaboration and the controversial rap on Nicki Minaj’s part.
The weakest part of the album comes from the next two songs “She Don’t Like The Lights” and “Take You”. Compared to the other tracks on this album, these two songs fall flat in an acoustic setting. “She Don’t Like The Lights” sounds better in it’s original version because of its dig at the paparazzi, and “Take You” sounds better in its original version as well because of the transition from the continuous upbeat pop to Bieber’s breakdown in the bridge.
Already an acoustic song, “Be Alright” makes an appearance again. This heartfelt song shows a deeper side of Justin, which always makes for a good track. The song gives off the message that when he’s traveling the world he misses a special someone. Wonder who that could be, Bieber? The next track “All Around The World” goes almost hand in hand with “Be Alright”. The track expresses that no matter where one may be, all around the world everyone just wants to be loved. Another great acoustic track because let’s face it, who doesn’t love a great acoustic song about wanting to be loved?
“Fall” is a great addition to this album. On the original album, this song kind of struggled due to the music overpowering Bieber’s vocals. Acoustically, this song is brilliant. It is a perfect pop ballad with lyrics that tell a story of a pair of best friends that fell in love. When the song is played with just a guitar and Bieber’s voice, it is appreciated a lot more and it really accomplishes a lot more. Definitely one of the best tracks on the album!
The three new songs, “Yellow Raincoat”, “I Would”, and “Nothing Like Us”, have their ups and downs. “Yellow Raincoat” is an unnecessary song for the album. With a very traditional melody and cheesy cliché lyrics, this song just didn’t really add anything to the album. “I Would” is a pretty decent track. With similar ideas to the song “That Should Be Me” on Bieber’s My World 2.0 , he sings his heart out saying that if he could take the pain away and put a smile on your face then he would. Lastly, “Nothing Like Us”, a bonus track that is being gossiped about saying it could be about Bieber’s on again off again girlfriend Selena, is a cry for forgiveness if I’ve ever heard one. This track is a great track showing a vulnerable side of Bieber. Saying over and over again how “there’s nothing like you and me together,” shows that he’ll go to any length to win this girl back. Definitely a track that you’ll want to blast when you’re reminiscing on a past relationship and how great things were with said person. Cue the waterworks for sure!
Believe Acoustic is definitely a smart move for Justin Bieber. Picking heartfelt ballads, and a song showing his ideas of relationships is a smooth move for the Biebs. The public already loved these tracks on Believe and a vast majority of the songs transferred over to this album sound flawless when played acoustically. There is no doubt that this kid has talent and his talent definitely shines through tremendously in this solely acoustic album. Bieber overcomes the struggle of being upstaged by other artists by singing completely solo and from his heart in this special edition. Believe Acoustic is enough to make everyone young and old a dedicated “Belieber”, and it reminds everyone of the boy from YouTube that the world fell in love with and assures audiences that there’s more to this 18-year-old Canadian then synth pop and rap collaborations.