Believe Acoustic

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Heartfelt, stripped-down versions of songs from last album.

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age 6+
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A lot or a little?

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Positive messages

Generally positive songs describe heartbreak, young love, and reconciliation.

Positive role models & representations

Bieber sings lighthearted, uplifting songs about love; there's also some wholesome encouragement of unspecified partying, dating, and having fun.

Violence
Sex

Playfully seductive teen-dream fantasy songs filled with vaguely suggestive romance.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

One brief reference to drinking in "Nothing Like Us."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Justin Bieber's squeaky-clean pop sounds even sweeter when arranged in stripped-down acoustic ballads. Former dance-floor anthems are transformed into soulful serenades guaranteed to make tween girls' hearts melt all over again, and the new songs offer a more intimate and personal window into his life of fame. While the lyrics touch on more mature themes of love and heartbreak, Justin's music is free of profanity and sex and still appropriate for tweens and teens.  

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What's the story?

Following in the footsteps of the My Worlds Acoustic edition released after 2010's smash My World 2.0, Justin Bieber returns to the studio to belt out simple, warm renditions of eight songs from 2012's Believe, along with three new songs, including one the Canadian phenom penned on his own. Most of the album is simply Justin singing along to an acoustic guitar (he's also credited with playing on some of the recordings, along with studio musicians), which offers Bieber fans a more intimate sound than the bombastic electronic-pop versions.

Is it any good?

In contrast to the Top 40 radio, electro-house aesthetic of the original Believe, the acoustic album is refreshing and emotional. Bieber's voice really shines without all the studio trickery and speaker-rattling bass, and the songs are universal and relatable. Bieber diehards will love these ballads, and maybe even some new listeners will find this mellow sound more accessible.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Believe Acoustic differs from the more dance-floor-friendly Believe. Why would Bieber want to re-release an album doing only acoustic versions?

  • What continues to drive "Bieber fever"? Do you think it's fair that his personal life is made so public by the media?

  • Do you think Bieber will continue to be a presence in pop music in five years? Ten years?

Music details

For kids who love teen pop

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