The question caught me off guard. The person asking was someone who I’d never in a million years ever think would admit to listening to a Justin Bieber song, let alone liking it! Yet here he was, quietly asking me over the phone, while we worked on setting up a Juniper router. I had only one answer…
“I know! It’s catchy, and I’m confused because I like it too!”
I’ve been pretty hard on the Biebs over the years. I’m not entirely sure that he deserves the super star status given to him at such a young age. Whatever talent he may or may not possess was greatly overshadowed by his cuteness and the music machine that moulded his public image. Where’s the street cred? Show me the trail of blood, sweat and tears that he overcame to get to where he is today. Like so many great musical geniuses out there… I’m looking at you Britney! And Miley… what happened to you? Come back from the dark side, Miley!
But there’s something about this new album. It’s not even just What Do You Mean? (The song in question, which unfortunately still has a douche-bag music video) but several of the tracks aren’t just tolerable… they’re actually good. I’ve been listening to Love Yourself as well. It’s not quite as catchy, but it’s still good.
So yes, friend… I think it’s fair to say… it’s not wrong to like the new Justin Bieber song… just don’t tell anyone. Or write a blog post about it.