Justin Bieber - Purpose
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2015 Ratings: #639 / 742
Year End Rank: #40
User Score
Based on 170 ratings
2015 Ratings: #391
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Entertainment Weekly

A definitive statement of young manhood, full of deeply meta references to fame and maturity and persecution by the press.

80
Billboard
Bieber isn’t trying to rock the club; this is psych-up music for the man in the mirror.
80
Clash

The fact that 'Purpose' features some of the hottest writers and producers in the game right now means there's enough going on to hold your interest throughout.

75
The 405

Purpose is high-stakes pop; a defining moment in his already affluent career and declaration of adulthood to a sea of non-believers.

70
Spin

By giving us the best album of his career, and subsequently re-ascending to Top 40’s mountaintop, Bieber’s answered his own question: In pop music, it’s never too late to say you’re sorry.

70
Complex

He lays his soul bare in joyless lyrics stripped naked, requiring very little interpretation, filling the crags with buoyant, sun-drenched productions from Skrillex, Blood, and Diplo.

70
FasterLouder

All the bangers in the world can’t save Purpose from its weak-sauce lows; and, for all the confidence shown in the marketing of this being his reinvention, it’s worth noting he’s still only 21 years old.

70
Rolling Stone

Bieber is the comeback kid, with "Sorry" as his theme song. He spends Purpose learning lessons, begging for forgiveness and vowing to be a better Bieber.

62
Pitchfork
As much as this record is part of his long campaign of rehabilitation, he struggles to convey a remotely sympathetic perspective.
60
NME

It’s not quite redemption – only time will tell if he’ll curb the recklessness – but it’s certainly a start at reinvention.

60
The Guardian

The musical direction owes much to co-producer Skrillex, whose unexpectedly subtle electronic palette complements Bieber’s affectedly breathy voice. The voice soon palls, but the songs are often interesting.

60
AllMusic

A bumpy, oddly compelling restart, Purpose should hook open-minded pop fans who previously paid him no mind, and it could even win back some of those who wrote Bieber off years ago.

60
HipHopDX

It’s when Bieber’s honesty feels less-than-honest and the tracks feel less-than-groundbreaking that this album falls short of the heights it should by all means be capable of reaching.

60
NOW Magazine

The Canadian pop star's fourth record leans heavily on an overbearingly dull redemption narrative following a (let's face it, more interesting) period of erratic behaviour. You couldn't write a more clichéd child-star trajectory, and yet Purpose is his most cohesive and best-sounding album.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

Although Purpose isn’t quite Bieber’s Off the Wall moment, it is an intriguing album pulsating with life—affirming that this is, in fact, an artist worth paying attention to. 

50
A.V. Club

Purpose is certainly successful at demonstrating Bieber’s ability to evolve and dabble in more mature music. But because the album is so hell-bent about pushing forward an agenda of redemption and establishing him as a serious artist, it lacks playfulness.

50
Slant Magazine

If Bieber wants to sell us on forgiveness and the self-improvement angle that lyrics like “be a better me” seem to promote, maybe having the conviction to follow through on his intended musical reinvention would've been the best possible good faith gesture.

50
Tiny Mix Tapes

Purpose is an album obsessed with apology, a cheap redemption narrative that hasn’t even been asked of the most unforgivable pop stars. It’s an arc undermined by the music.

33
Consequence of Sound

Bieber lacks the showmanship, spunk, comedic timing, or vocal chops of the other Justin to deliver a slam dunk and not just a statement.

Dec 10, 2016
thethirdverse
63
JB will go down in history as one of the most controversial pop stars of all time. whether you like it or not depends on how you listen to his music. this is obviously his most personal album yet, and one where it feels he's not as commercialized, but rather that he is more inclined to accept and satirize his faults rather than trying to mask and compensate for them (like on 'believe') that just leads to the public resenting him and his music being unpalatable. this is a redemption record- a ... read more
Dec 3, 2015
EMR
53
Even though Bieber brings in a wide range of big names, mainly on the production, Purpose still struggles in finding a relatable protagonist for the listener, in a very long and pretty uninteresting experience. There are some undeniably catchy moments mainly on the first half of the record, where the youngster finds shelter under the atmospheric beats, to tell his late night tales about love, sex and fame. It is respectable that the singer is aiming for new heights with a much more mature ... read more
Nov 18, 2015
Justo
65
After a year of controversies, Justin Bieber is back with a new album. Bieber finds his "Purpose" with his 4th album as he finds the recipe of success, uses it, and cooks something that tastes good despite some parts of the cake being bittersweet.

The intro of the new era is "Mark My Words" which is horrible and becomes annoying after 30 seconds. Thank God we have "I'll Show You" - the real intro. All the album co-produced by Skrillex, we feel the ... read more
Nov 13, 2015
exception
58
when comparing this to justin bieber's older albums, it's incredible. however I was disappointed because I was expecting more of the electronic production that was apparent on his first 2 singles, which were probably the best tracks on the album. some of the songs where Bieber tried to have a very emotional approach came off as shallow and dull, missing the target that they were meant to hit. the features on this LP were weak, I didn't expect much from big Sean, but Travis Scott had a pretty ... read more
Mar 21, 2017
luisdelrey2016
65
► BEST TRACKS: "Company", "The Feeling" and "Life Is Worth Living"
► WORST TRACKS: "Mark My Words" and "Where Are Ü Now"
Track List
  1. Mark My Words
  2. I'll Show You
  3. What Do You Mean?
  4. Sorry
  5. Love Yourself
  6. Company
  7. No Pressure (feat. Big Sean)
  8. No Sense (feat. Travis Scott)
  9. The Feeling (feat. Halsey)
  10. Life Is Worth Living
  11. Where Are Ü Now
  12. Children
  13. Purpose


Added on: October 9, 2015