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November 7th, 2011
Need to know: It was announced earlier this year that Justin Bieber would be releasing his first Christmas album, titled Under the Mistletoe. Released on November 1, 2011, Bieber brought the Christmas spirit just in time for the holiday season. Some of the proceeds from the eleven track album and the deluxe edition that includes four other tracks and behind the scenes footage will be donated to various charities around the world. Excluding the five classic remade tracks, Bieber contributed to writing and producing the entire album. With a noticeable new deep voice, it is hard to recognize that this is the same Stratford boy that brought us his first hit, One Time. However, Bieber delivered what he claims is his best album up to date and does not disappoint as he transformed Christmas for this generation with the help of Usher, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, and The Band Perry.
In 150 words or less: It may be a little odd for Bieber to be telling us that we better watch out, we better not cry, and we better not pout, but he brought an insane amount of energy and soul for Santa Claus. With Mistletoe as the first single, there was no doubt that the album would be full of flavour as he gets with ‘shawty’ and keeps up with Busta Rhymes with his own joyful raps on Drummer Boy. Christmas classics are what they are for a reason, yet Bieber knew how to make them his own and did well, for goodness sake! For the originals it was the typical Bieber style with love themes and hit-worthy instrumentals that completed the album. This release will definitely earn Justin Bieber a spot on the nice list!
Best Tracks: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) ft. Usher, All I Want For Christmas Is You with Mariah Carey, Christmas Eve (background vocals by Chris Brown!), Home This Christmas ft. The Band Perry, and Christmas Love (deluxe edition)
RIYL: Chris Brown, Usher, Boyz II Men
Buy, Download, Steal or Don’t Bother: Buy! Perfect stocking stuffer!
P.S. Purchase the deluxe edition to hear a younger Bieber voice covering Someday At Christmas, the Stevie Wonder classic!Tweet