This Valentine’s Day, Justin Bieber has something for the lovers out there. The singer’s fifth studio album is here, filled with admiration and unending praise for his significant other as Bieber steps entirely into a new world. Changes is not for those uneasy and unsure in a tumultuous relationship or even those that are just getting started with love fluttering like butterflies in the nervous moments before you see someone. This is wifed-up, fully-committed partnership passion from Bieber, and it’s unwavering throughout the entirety of Changes.
The first album in 5 years from the “Sorry” singer is striking for this reason; a complete and total turnover to true love and how the marriage to Hailey Bieber has been his savior and main motivator. There are very few moments that stray from this mission statement, as Bieber sings the praises of his other half for the majority of 17 tracks. Any detours come via features from Post Malone, Travis Scott, and Lil Dicky, who stand outside the glowing love of the Biebers but compliment it well.
Changes is also a notable move completely into the world of R&B for Justin, shrugging off previous Pop ambitions to fully immerse himself in love and smooth vocals. Justin shifts from traditional jams to “blue-eyed trap” across the entirety of Changes, trading some of the soaring EDM Pop anthems and Sheeran-assisted singles from Purpose to dive entirely into this genre.
The changes for Justin Bieber have been well-documented, with a YouTube series and several social media moments explaining how he’s managed to escape the dangers of fame and give his life over to love. Changes is the culmination of appreciation for how his life has, well, changed. The album plays like an adult love letter, thankful and thriving.
Bieber will embark on the Changes Tour later this year, kicking off on May 14 in Seattle at CenturyLink Field. You can find the full list of dates here.