Justin Bieber’s first album in five years, Changes, has landed. It debuted at No. 1, pushing Bieber past Elvis Presley as the youngest artist ever to to top the charts seven times. (Justin’s just 25, and it took The King 26 years to accomplish the same feat.)
Composed of 17 songs, this R&B-infused work focuses on a new side of the world-renowned star. As the title suggests, Justin has indeed changed. He’s now happily married to model Hailey Bieber, working on his YouTube series and talking about how his relationship with God has made him a better man.
The direction of this work certainly veers away from the casual sexual flings and drama of past relationships. Now, fans get to see a committed, loving, intentional side of Bieber—even if that often includes intimate details of what goes on between himself and his wife behind closed doors.
Justin compliments wife Hailey, letting the world know that she has made him a better man in “All Around Me,” (“Guess anything’s possible with your help”). In “Get Me,” we see how Hailey has pushed Justin to go deeper relationally: “See, you’re lookin’ beyond the surface/Can tell by the questions you’re asking.”
Justin lets his wife know his intention is to love and adore her for the rest of their lives on songs such as “Habitual” (“My love for you’s habitual/Not for a moment, but forever”), “Intentions,” “Forever” (“Every time I go the wrong way, you turn me back around”) and “Confirmation.” Similarly, “Second Emotion” finds Justin asking his wife if she, too, is fully committed for the long haul.
In “Changes,” Justin promises Hailey that although he has his ups and downs, he will work to be his best self for their marriage and life together (“And I just wanna be the best of me/Even though sometimes we might disagree/So that I can be the best for you”). Justin believes this is only possible with the help of God, who “always remains the same.” And on “That’s What Love Is,” Justin says that both Hailey and God teach him how to love well on a daily basis: “I reach out to you, but my hands can’t hold enough/Enough of your greatness/You teach me patience/ … Never understood what it meant/It means to submit to love.”
Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).