Justin Bieber is very well liked these days. Between the more mature sound that Skrillex and Diplo helped him find and his appearances with James Corden and the like, he has transitioned from his image as an annoying tween sensation. But I see on Metacritic that this is his worst-reviewed album (not counting the Christmas one), although it has the best user rating. I admittedly know nothing about music, nor do I listen to albums in full, but can anyone explain this?
What’s the deal with all critics?
I’ve only heard the singles from his recent album. They haven’t done much for me but have certainly been better than anything I heard from him before. Maybe they gave him more of a break when he was a mere “teen singer”. Maybe some resent his continuous popularity and the desperate things he’s had to do to maintain that popularity. Maybe the album only has a few passable songs. As I’ve said quite a few times, music might be the most subjective art form. So, who knows. It’s not like it was panned.
Lol the album still got a higher score than it deserves (same with the others). What critics are seeing is a guy trying to reach out for a sound he hasn’t earned. And the songwriting remains embarrassingly pathetic.
His metacritic score is shockingly positive. Their scale is ruthless. He doesn’t have any “bad” averages yet aside from that Christmas one. Those scores are almost all identical, critics have been easy on him. He just hasn’t done anything worth critical acclaim. But he’s having arguably his most commercially relevant year and should be happy they aren’t trashing his work
The real question is why do we look for affirmation from critics to justify our opinions on albums?
Riley’s thinly veiled rant for why critics don’t love Bieber as much as he does. I mean they embraced Justin Timberlake, dammit!
Critics are people, and like people they have opinions too. Sometimes they get stuff right and sometimes they get stuff wrong. People’s tastes and what they feel like listening to always change. Critics just give a general opinion on what they like and dislike, but it’s ultimately up to you whether or not you like something or not.
But honestly, screw all the critics who like Meghan Trainor’s music. Bleech!