With ‘JUSTICE,’ Justin Bieber’s Comeback From ‘Idiot Kid’ Is Complete

Justin Bieber sang about getting his “Intentions” straight on one of a string of hits he had last year.


After becoming a pop superstar as a teenager, making his debut when he was just 15, he’d struggled with fame and at one point seemed as if he might be headed for a Britney-esque meltdown.

But Bieber, now 27, has gotten his groove — and his purpose — back since releasing his comeback album “Changes” early last year. Since then, he’s been on a creative — and commercial — roll that continues with his new LP “Justice,” out Friday.

A more pop-oriented collection than the R&B-driven “Changes,” the 16-song set has already scored three hits in “Holy” — a gospel-charged collaboration with Chance the Rapper that is one of the best things Bieber has ever done — the romantic power ballad “Anyone” and the aching confession “Lonely,” on which he reflects on the “price you pay” for child stardom: “Everybody saw me sick/And it felt like no one gave a s – – t/They criticized the things I did/As an idiot kid.”
But judging from “Justice,” that “idiot kid” is now a happily married man (to model Hailey Baldwin) with a renewed love of making music.

“Justice,” includes collaborations with Khalid (the piano-laced pledge “As I Am”) and Burna Boy (the Afrobeat-inflected “Loved by You”), while harking back to 2015’s “Purpose” on EDM-infused tracks such as “Somebody.” “I think this is the first time in my life where I’ve actually enjoyed the process of releasing an album,” Bieber recently told Billboard

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