Justin Bieber - Changes
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #79 / 81
User Score
Based on 449 ratings
2020 Ratings: #172
February 14, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

70
musicOMH

Those that have heard lead single Yummy will essentially be able to form their view on Changes without listening to it.

60
The Guardian

It just feels subdued and unassuming, which are curious things for mainstream pop to be. It’s a tentative, rather than all-guns-blazing, return, with a by-any-means-necessary bubblegum single dutifully tacked on to throw his record label a bone.

60
Sputnikmusic

Changes is successful in its low-key relaxation – despite the unfortunate lack of penetrating hooks to compensate for the subtle instrumental work – and overall, if you enjoyed Purpose or Justin Bieber’s work in general, it’s going to deliver for the most part.

60
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.

60
Slant Magazine

Where Bieber’s previous albums have often felt engineered almost exclusively for the purpose of stimulating audience response, Changes seems focused instead on the tenderness and comfort of his newlywed bubble.

58
A.V. Club

Changes ... is 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.

50
Clash

The main problem with ‘Changes’ is that it isn’t exciting or dynamic and suffers from dragging in places.

50
Paste

The moments of marital romance throughout Changes are washed out by this strange concatenation of thirst and codependency, coupled with a strange dispassion in Bieber’s tone and words.

45
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.

40
The Independent

This isn’t so much an album that would rile you to the point of turning it off. Rather, it washes over you, with its mostly average beats and seemingly random cluster of guest features.

40
NME

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

TreyLikesBands
4
Hot Garbage

And when I say hot, I mean it! Justin is a hottie lamottie with a summer’s body. Let me tell you about the time we first met...

It was a mild spring morning, about 9:30 AM, as I walked down the Santa Monica sidewalk. The cracks in the pavement gave me determination for my one goal for the morning. A trip to Whole Foods, ingredients for low-fat, vegan, gluten free avocado toast. Each step felt like I had been birthed into a new life of pure wonder, the rejuvenation wrestling ... read more
hiphopcritiques
49
Oh, ok.

Why the fuck did he do that. Why did this dumb ass just pick up the album right at the end? AT THE FUCKING END. Starting this album you are greeted with an actual good intro track. I feel like it was a nice start to the record. The first half of this record is pretty boring with the exception of three songs. Those three songs being 'All Around Me', 'Available', and 'Forever'. Those were pretty damn solid tracks. What was that Travis feature though? What the fuck was that shit ass ... read more
RakkSmells
35
damn its super wild how the cover art predicted the colour of the overall score

Justin's vocals are definitely at some of his best; I won't lie; but it doesn't save how flavorless and dull this album is. It's not mind-blowing-ly awful, I mean sound wise it sounds decent but there's just nothing special about it since every track sounds nearly identical with the same generic R&B trap beat and the same "Check it out guys, I can sing!" vocals throughout the whole album. The ... read more
KingKRoolisBack
20
This New Justin Bieber album... IT'S NOT GOOD

So uh it has a Lil Dicky feature, so that why it isn't good. I'm gonna be real here, I didn't listen to it. So...

"According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway because bees don't care what humans think is impossible. Yellow, black. Yellow, black. Yellow, black. Yellow, black. Ooh, black and yellow! Let's ... read more
itscase
55
I didn’t think he could do worse than Yummy, but then I heard the Lil Dicky track. And then I had to hear Yummy fucking twice. Nah bro. Also can Justin Bieber stop saying the words “lit” or “litty”?

This is just a boring, generic, and lifeless Pop/R&B album infused with some trap elements. There are some ok moments I guess (mostly the more guitar driven tracks on the second half), but a majority of these songs are just so bland and boring that they fade into ... read more
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Track List

  1. All Around Me
  2. Habitual
  3. Come Around Me
  4. Intentions (feat. Quavo)
  5. Yummy
  6. Available
  7. Forever (feat. Post Malone & Clever)
  8. Running Over (feat. Lil Dicky)
  9. Take It Out On Me
  10. Second Emotion (feat. Travis Scott)
  11. Get Me (feat. Kehlani)
  12. E.T.A.
  13. Changes
  14. Confirmation
  15. That's What Love Is
  16. At Least For Now
  17. Yummy (Summer Walker Remix)
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