Music Review: Under the Mistletoe

Bieber fever is just in time to heat up the holidays. After listening to Justin Bieber’s new Christmas album Under the Mistletoe, which was released Nov. 1, I wanted to bake a huge batch of Christmas cookies and go caroling through the neighborhood singing The Biebs new album, of course.

I loved it.

Now, I am not one of those “OMG Justin Bieber, I am going to die” fans. However, his holiday album absolutely had me hooked.

The album consists of 15 songs ranging from new songs to all time classics, but each song provides its own unique Bieber flair.

Widely recognized artists including The Band Perry, Busta Rhymes, Boyz II Men, Usher and Mariah Carey join Bieber in his holiday album. The contrasts of the other voices mixed with Bieber’s distinct tone are smoothly coalesced throughout each song. The songs in the album show his ability to work well with a wide range of other artists in addition to being able to sing beautifully on his own.

In the album, Bieber displays a development of maturity. His vocals have deepened, providing a warm and rich tone. In his songs, he transitions from his high falsetto pitch to his deep matured voice impeccably. Our little Biebs is growing up.

My personal favorite, All I Want for Christmas Is You features Mariah Carey in the beginning—establishing her credibility with the audience—then smoothly transitions to Bieber singing the third verse. The middle of the song accentuates both Carey and Bieber, providing the best of both vocals with this song.

While listening, I wanted to grab a spatula as a makeshift microphone and start belting out the lyrics to these familiar favorites. It just makes you want to dance and sing along.

The album also includes his previous hit, Pray, which reminds listeners to think about those less fortunate. With the lyrics, “I lose my appetite knowing kids starve tonight/Am I a sinner ‘cause my dinner is still on my plate/Ooh I got a vision to make a difference, and it’s starting today/‘Cause I know there’s sunshine behind that rain/I know there’s good times behind that pain,” it really gets you thinking about not losing sight of what is truly important this holiday season.

Beiber also showcases his talent on the piano in Silent Night. With a little rap, hip-hop, R&B and a cappella mixed into the album, The Biebs definitely put his touch on the CD, and did the familiar favorites justice.

His sound is appealing to those of many music genres and does not disappoint even those reluctant to listen to a soundtrack done by the 17-year-old heartthrob. The blend of songs instantly puts you in the mood for the holiday season that just warms the heart.

Christmas music plus Bieber truly does provide for a captivating and impressive mix.

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Music Review: Under the Mistletoe

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