AOTY 2021
Justin Bieber - Changes
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #817 / 821
User Score
2020 Ratings: #1088
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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.

70
AllMusic

While Bieber's voice still sounds like that of a mid- to late-teen, singing seems to come more naturally to him, and his falsetto pleas are neither bitter nor entitled, strictly genuine and adult.

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.

60
Spectrum Culture

Bieber hardly reveals anything about his tastes, his real mistakes or his personality.

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.

50
The Young Folks

Changes does not actually change a great deal in terms of the lyrical depth and sound.

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.

40
Rolling Stone

As pop itself becomes more genre-blurred and undefinable with every passing year, though, this long-undefinable pop star sounds more like he’s floating aimlessly through shallow waters.

40
Evening Standard
A boring serenade for an audience of one.
TreyLikesBands
10
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 through my ... read more
MattsReviews
10
Ah, the review that I've been holding back to make for a whole year. Now that it's a new year, I can now rip into the album that I dislike greatly. Arguably the worst mainstream release of 2020. Justin Bieber's "Changes".

There are so many problems with this album it's crazy. Let's just get started, shall we?

Despite all the things the kid has done, I never really WANTED to hate him. I feel like he has been overhated all of his life. Sure, he makes pretty mediocre music, and also ... read more
thomaslind
NR
Justin and I were only dating for 6 years but we thought it was time to start a serious relationship. Meaning that we should have a sex life. Let me tell you about our first time at it.

Justin was at the studio working in L.A. while I sat at home watching tv. Justin called me and said he would come home soon. It had been a week since I saw him. Before he went to the studio he was in Miami doing a concert so I missed him alot. I was so happy he was finally coming home! I heard a knock at the ... 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
Case
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

1All Around Me
2:16
29
2Habitual
2:48
27
3Come Around Me
3:20
22
4Intentions
3:32
feat. Quavo
31
5Yummy
3:28
5
6Available
3:15
17
7Forever
3:39
24
8Running Over
2:59
feat. Lil Dicky
12
9Take It Out On Me
2:58
20
10Second Emotion
3:22
19
11Get Me
3:05
feat. Kehlani
31
12E.T.A.
2:56
31
13Changes
2:15
36
14Confirmation
2:50
25
15That's What Love Is
2:45
21
16At Least For Now
2:29
25
Total Length: 48 minutes
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Added on: January 28, 2020