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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[?]

5.3

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. 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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  3. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    A boring serenade for an audience of one
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    It just feels subdued and unassuming, which are curious things for mainstream pop to be.
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 5.0 |   Clash

    A mixed bag that dwells on domestic bliss
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  11. 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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  12. 4.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Pop superstar’s first album in five years is sweet and tender, but ultimately shallow
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  13. 4.0 |   NME

    Bieber's limp comeback results in a collection of loved-up songs lacking innovation or substance
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  14. 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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