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89.1 The Point Review: “Justice” by Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber’s new album, “Justice,” was released on March 19, 2021. (Photo credit: @justinbieber via Twitter)

By Kesa Janes / 89.1 The Point

I wanted to like it. I really, really did. But, Justin Bieber’s newest album, “Justice,” just left
me disappointed, confused and, frankly, offended.

Justin Bieber released Justice, his sixth studio album on Friday. The album included
singles like “Holy”, “Lonely”, and “Anyone.” I don’t enjoy “Lonely” because of the chorus
alone; the part where Bieber sounds like he’s howling out the word “Lonely” is just obnoxious.
“Holy” and “Anyone” are the best parts of this album, and we already knew those songs well
prior to this weekend.

None of the songs on the album stood out to me. They all sounded repetitive and
sounded like every other Justin Bieber song out there. I enjoyed his “Changes” album last year and
was hoping that this release would be even better. Nope.

The album was not only dull to me, but insensitive. Bieber has been fighting a lawsuit
tooth and nail to name this album “Justice,” and for what? None of the songs have anything to do
with justice. They are all about his life and finding happiness and his wife, Hailey.

There are several interludes of infamous speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who
fought for civil rights and social justice issues his whole life. After an interlude of a message
from King, Bieber follows it up with an 80’s-like pop song called “Die For You,” in which he
promises to completely devote himself to Hailey. To go from a message fighting for equality to
singing to your wife how much you need her. Justin, what are you thinking?

In one song called “Unstable,” Bieber sings, “there were times when I couldn’t even
breathe.” Considering the title of this album, the use of King’s messages and the events of
summer 2020, many fans found it insensitive that Bieber would use these lyrics to talk about his
need for his partner and his own anxieties, not a social justice issue.

So, what did we get out of “Justice?” A bunch of mushy-gushy love songs that all sound the
same and have nothing to do with, well, justice. Justin, please do better next time

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