*** Gesanglich in gewohnter Bieber-Manier weichgespült daherkommender Titel, der in den Parts ohne Vocals immerhin durch ungewöhnliche Sounds überzeugt. Wirkt mir insgesamt aber nicht durchdacht genug, so recht vermag dieser Mischmasch nicht zu überzeugen.
* Het plaatje begint met een saai intro gezongen door Justin Bieber en barst uit in een potpourri (mengelmoes, ratjetoe, allegaartje) van uiterst irritante geluiden die wat mij betreft niet eens bij elkaar horen. Opzouten hiermee.
****** Wat RV zegt. Soort jungle met Bieber als aap.
Edit: Toch maar wat sterren erbij. Wat een groeier is dit.
Edit2: Deze plaat markeerde toch de omslag van Bieber als kindster naar Bieber als volwassen en gerespecteerde zanger. Wat een fenomeen en wat een vette plaat is dit nog steeds. Last edited: 03.10.2016 23:35
*** I suppose the success of this track goes down to the hype of the collaboration and little else. Which in itself is kind of weird since surely there aren't many people out there who don't (either for musical or personal reasons) hate at least one of the three guys on this track. Apparently there are but it's still a bit odd that it could slip through the cracks anyhow.
It doesn't really help matters that Bieber comes across as rather unlikeable here. Not for his performance which, is ok and doesn't really leave an impression on me, but what he's portraying in the lyrics. The whole song seems to boil down to 'I did all these things for you. You may not have asked me to, but I'll be damned if you aren't going to reciprocate!' It's borderline mafia mentality, and erases any good will anyone should have for someone having done those prior deeds.
And while that's a shame, the thing that lets me down more is the fact that Skrillex & Diplo can both be involved in such an anti-banger. It gives off the impression that it's going somewhere big, but then when the chorus hits, it's just a haphazardous mess of beats that aren't quite melodic enough to evoke anything out of me. There are also some hi-hats in there that don't really rest on anything, more superfluous than anything.
****** Wow, ich bin überrascht. So stark hätte ich das nun wirklich nicht erwartet. An den Vocals gibt es nichts auszusetzen, ausser dass sie Justin Bieber singt. Gegen seine Stimme kann ich aber nichts sagen, die ist speziell und man weiss sofort, wer singt. Die Beats und generell die ganze Produktion hauen mich um, der Erste no Justin Teil finde ich schon genial aber dann kommt nochmal einer direkt dahinter welcher mir noch besser gefällt. Sogleich wird das Ganze durch Justins ruhige Stimme wieder runtergebremst. Einziger Schwachpunkt ist dieses komisch verzogene Geschrei im Hintergrund während den Elektro Teilen. Sonst geniales Material den drei Herren, ich liebe es, Gratulation, Klare 6* Last edited: 15.04.2015 16:39
**** I have a kind of love-hate thing with this song. But it's not that extreme. So let's say its a "likeable-slight irritable" type situation, that with my mood could result in a review score alternating between 2* to 4*. I have appreciated JB's vocals better here over time. Dare I say, a kind of tenderness comes through, such as in the bridge. But that breakdown post-chorus is a blot on the production, probably the thing that's annoyed me most since months ago. The vocal distortion elements are mixed. Some are bearable, others less so. Drifting higher towards a 4* lately but the annoying moments don't go away. 3.5*
**** I've never really liked Justin Bieber but I have become more apathetic in that regard since about 2013. After all there are a few songs of his I could enjoy and there was a noticeable improvement in his output over time. This for me was interesting because it marked the first time I felt like I actively cared about one of his songs. Granted working with Diplo and Skrillex was always going to appeal to me more than the teen pop he was making before. But listening to this I didn't even care at all, and why should I when he could easily have been some unknown artist pulled from somewhere to provide the vocals.
I don't find this anywhere near as satisfying as the other two Jack Ü tracks I've heard, let alone many other tracks from Skrillex or Diplo but it's solid. I did get sick of it but hearing it less in the last few months has certainly helped. I do fall for the chill vibes present here and Bieber's vocal works well with that. It's not perfect but it works for what it is. The production is solid and interesting enough but the drop really could've been something better. All I remember from it is those weird sounds that cover it. Not only that but it does seem to go on for too long. The track in general suffers from this I feel, parts of it really drag on. A bit too bland for its own good I suppose.
I do like this, but it's a little sad that it has become one of the biggest hits with this sort of sound because it's not as good as most of its contemporaries. If anything it really feels like a stepping stone to something greater for Justin Bieber, which even before "What Do You Mean?" surfaced I had a feeling would happen. Also I did hear a remix of this in the club over the weekend and it was far more interesting. I have no idea what that remix was called or if it was even official but the general feel I got was that it helped fill in the gaps where it dragged out. Which was nice.
*** Die von Werner angesprochene Kreissäge im Hintergrund ist schlicht furchtbar. Der Rest ist hörbar, Justin Bieber fällt weder auf noch ab, insgesamt eine knappe 3 - war zum Glück kein Hit hierzulande.