A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that on his album Believe, Justin Bieber keeps it clean but clearly leaves his young teen days behind. The record is mostly free of profanity (Nicki Minaj's rap includes the word "bitch") and there are no graphic references to sex, substances, or violence; however, it features the slightly more mature view that romantic love isn't always rosy, along with a couple intimate lines about "touching." Still, the album is still fine for tweens and teens.
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What's the story?
BELIEVE is the first full-length album of original material from pop prince Justin Bieber since his debut record, My World, four years earlier. The 13 tracks reflect an 18-year-old's somewhat more mature perspective on life and love. Bieber's choice of musical collaborators -- including the rappers Drake and Nicki Minaj -- are further testament to his efforts to break away from the preteen pack.
Is it any good?
You've got to give Bieber props: While it would be easy to sit back and rest on his synth-pop laurels, he makes a solid effort to grow as a musician on this album. The effort pays off on several tunes, including the soulful "As Long As You Love Me" with rapper Big Sean and the guitar-based ballad "Catching Feelings."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the differences between this record and Bieber's first full-length album, My World, which took the pop music world by storm. How do the musical styles and sounds of the two records compare? Do you prefer one to the other? Why?
How do the messages in these lyrics compare with the ones on My World, which Bieber recorded when he was a young teen?
Based on the trajectory of Bieber's albums to date, what would you expect to hear in this next album?