Album Commentary: Justin Bieber’s ‘My World’

Justin-Bieber-My-WorldJustin Bieber’s debut album My World will be dropping on November 17. It’s no wonder his fans have been clamoring for a multiple-song record from this artist. His music makes you move and is reminiscent of tunes that you listen to when you want to be in a good mood, or want background sounds that are un-intrusive.

It’s no wonder that “One Time” is one of the four songs that’s climbing the billboard charts. It has that bubble-gum pop flavor that is infectious without being annoying. However, the auto-tune effect that is used throughout the song is unnecessary. This kid can sing and his vocal ability should be showcased more. Then there’s “Favorite Girl”, another pop-song that is riding the high wave of the charts. A-plus does a great job of writing lyrics appropriate for this 15-year old YouTube sensation.

As “Down to Earth” shows Bieber can write too. Co-written with Jackie Boyz, the piano intro and heartfelt lyrics make you believe what he’s saying. It’s another solid track that lets you know that he will be around for a long time.

However, “Bigger” is a letdown as it doesn’t stand up to the emotions of the previous tracks. By the listen of this song Justin Timberlake should stick to writing his own tracks and not venture out in writing for younger artists.

The album gets back on track with “One Less Lonely Girl.” The overlaying harmonies alongside the music arrangement make this another infectiously good track. Ezekiel Lewis and Balewa Muhammad know how to capture mature-teenage love in their writing. They should have worked on the “Bigger” track. One could imagine what they would have done with it, since “One Less Lonely Girl” is one of the best off the album.

“First Dance” guest starring Usher gives this song an R&B kick. Although if Usher wasn’t on this record, it still would be a solid track, as Bieber knows how to use the maturity of the lyrics and his voice to his advantage. The song comes off as an intense first love and not a vulgar bump-and-grind.

“Love Me” is a great way to end this album as it leaves you clamoring for more, since it encapsulates all the good parts of the previous tracks.

With the second part of this album being released in February 2010, fans of Justin Bieber will have to be satisfied with this nicely done EP.

About Donna-Lyn Washington 633 Articles
Donna-lyn Washington has a M.A. in English from Brooklyn College. She is currently teaching at Kingsborough Community College where her love of comics and pop culture play key parts in helping her students move forward in their academic careers. As a senior writer for ReviewFix she has been able to explore a variety of worlds through comics, film and television and has met some interesting writers and artists along the way. Donna-lyn does a weekly podcast reviewing indie comics and has also contributed entries to the 'Encyclopedia of Black Comics,’ the academic anthology ‘Critical Insights: Frank Yerby’ and is the editor for the upcoming book, ‘Conversations With: John Jennings.’


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