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My Worlds - Justin Bieber
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My Worlds - Justin Bieber
Advantages: Unexpectedly strong in places
"My Worlds" came towards the beginning of 2010 as the debut album from Justin Bieber. So-called because it brings together two individual pieces, it is a compilation of both his first EP (from late in 2009) and his first full-length album (which dropped alongside this). It has the Canadian Pop R&B singer showing what he's about and what potential the 16-year-old has to offer the game.
1. "One Time"
The release gets underway in a strong fashion as we see that me comes and breaks out with the tune that set up his career. His debut single, it does a lot to show the sort of sound that he's imaing to deliver whilst backed-up by writing from the duo of Tricky Stewart and The-Dream (the latter being a Pop R&B singer who's style reflects Bieber's perfectly as we get something quite straight-forward here.
2. "Favorite Girl"
Pushing the music on, we find that we're presented with more bright and inviting music from the artist and a little something that will appeal directly towards the teeny-boppers as we find that he gets a slightly R&B edge in what's given in the production and he uses it to launch his strong vocals and get the most out of them. It's not my thing, but I can see how more naive listeners can get into it.
3. "Down to Earth"
You get a bit of a shift to the music here as you find that he takes it to a ballad here and escapes the light and energetic music that all are able to get down with. Moving on to more emotive themese, here we get the opportunity to see just how well he's able to work with with cheesy stuff. It really wasn't my sort of thing at all and I felt that it didn't really go anywhere for me, but others may see more in it.
The Canadian singer comes to get things back to the sort of place where they were a while ago as we're taken to more of the fun stuff and something that you'd expect a wide-range of listeners to really have a nice time with. This tune is amongst the best here and its injections of Hip Hop and contemporary R&B are what makes the tune as strong as it is (although he sings about things which don't quite seem relevant yet for a 15-year-old).
5. "One Less Lonely Girl"
To support his light vocals you get a mix of an acoustic guitar and then more invited synth work that seems make for something presented extremely well, however the standard of the music doesn't appear to be quite as strong and doesn't really go anywhere all that significant. It shows how inconsistent he is as the standard drops once more and holds him back after it seemed that he was going in the right direction.
6. "First Dance"
You get things pulled up a bit as you find that Usher joins him and lends a little helping hand for Bieber as he comes to do a nice song which speaks on his first dance with a girl. I enjoyed it, but felt that some of the lyrics were a bit too much and were hinting on other things that teeny-bopper shouldn't be getting into however this tune (done in the style of a late eighties to early nineties slow jam) was done well.
7. "Love Me"
I really wasn't impressed by the way that this ended the EP when it dropped the first time and as it is here as the midpoint to the album, we find that DJ Frank E takes over the thing and he takes things in a direction I wasn't keen on at all. Sounding almost exactly the same as Flo-Rida's "Right Round" (which he also made the beats for) this is nothing but a straight-forward Dance-Pop tune which essentially covers The Cardigan's "Lovefool", but in a very unimpressive way.
8. "Common Denominator"
Here's a tune used as a bit of a transition between the sort of things heard on the EP and then what came on "My World 2.0" and you find that with it you don't really get anything all that special. The thing is quite plain and has him singer more about love and how it's affected him. I thought it to be quite average here and didn't really seem to make much of difference as a 'bus' inclusion to the record.
He powers through with what became his biggest single. Used originally as the opening to "My World "2.0", it features Atlanta's Ludacris on rap vocals, it's a very catchy tune and the sort that you're unlikely to be able to get out of your head after hearing it as he comes out with a bright and uplifting cut that gets you in the mood to hear what else he's got to say later on down the course of the release.
10. "Somebody to Love"
The Stereotypes gets on the beats for this one and come up with an impressive tune to fit in with the sorts of sounds that have made for the best result in the commercial Hip Hop-edge music scene over the couple of years leading up to this release. Here you have a tune which really pushes heavily with its House sounds to give it a very European feel that I'm sure people from around this way will be able to connect easily to.
11. "Stuck in the Moment"
Although this tune can be said to be quite strong, I wasn't to my tastes at all and so I saw it as a move in the wrong direction for him as he gets into an emotive ballad. I thought that the things was really far too predictable and has him playing up to all the expectations of such a young performer and it doesn't really seem to help the album along in any way whatsoever as a rather bland cut from him.
12. "U Smile"
Here we get a track that Bieber had a hand in co-writing and one that gets him sticking to the same sort of place that we were at with the last one. Here he's joined by a piano and a few extra electronic instruments to guide him through as he tries out a little something different. He goes for a little Soul on this one and although it was received well, I can't say I thought that it was anything special here at all.
13. "Runaway Love"
This is a nice tune and one that appears to pull things back after two tunes designed to slow the pce of the record up. I felt as though what you get from this piece is memorable and stands out as something you should be looking forward to when listening to the album as it sounds quite refreshing by taking you back towards a time long before he was actually born and is pulled off well.
14. "Never Let You Go"
Johnta Austin and Bryan-Michel Cox take over this one with their signature sound and so give this one much more of a soft R&B feel to it. It seemed that Biber was able to work with the material well and he did a nice job at ensuring that he could pull people in with his strong vocals, but I have to say that the way it was done wasn't all that to my tastes and so was nothing more than average for me.
Here you have Bieber linking up with the fellow 15-year-old Jessica Jarrell and together they come to show what potential they have as young musicians with the chance to change the music game as they grow and get more backing along the way. I thought that this was a nice tune, but another cut that didn't really have any stand-out moments to make it a tune that you'd get excited over hearing here.
16. "Eenie Meenie"
In knowledge of Sean Kingston's presence on this tune, I knew that I wouldn't like it and when I actually heard it, it affirmed all my expectations as we get another tune that sound like all the others that Kingston's done. The featured artist takes this one over and brings the standard right down by making things extremely annoying and forcing an approach by Bieber that simply doesn't suit what he's really about.
After going into a deep and dark place with the last one, it appears that things are brought right back here as we see that he comes to bring out a tube that teeny-boppers will appreciate as he offers a light and refreshing love song. I can't say that it was really my thing, but it wasn't directed towards me and so I can appreciate this and I thought that it was good that he kept things running well.
18. "That Should Be"
Topping the album off as the final track on it, we see that here we're given a tune that draws things to a close and has him singing the sort of thing that you'd expect of him. Here he sings towards a girl about all the sorts of things he wishes he was doing with her, when in fact she's with another person. It does well for what it is, but again wasn't the sort of thing that I'd tend to get down with really.
This is quite an inconsistent piece for a debut album so although it may offer quite a few big tunes, the weaker ones prevent you from enjoying it in the way that you'd perhaps wish to. If you're really a fan of what he does then you're likely to enjoy much of what he offers here, however quite a bit was far too predictable and lacked the sincerity needed if it was to be a strong release.
Summary: A compilation of Justin Bieber's first two releases