Whitney Alvarez | Staff Writer
November’s Friday the 13th seemed to be a popular day for album releases.
Although Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstitions, that didn’t stop artists like Justin Bieber and up-and-coming artist Logic from dropping their latest albums.
It’s no secret that Justin Bieber has had a troubling past two years. He’s been involved in a slew of controversial situations, from being arrested for allegedly drunk racing, assault, to lashing out at fans and people around him.
He seemed to be heading in a downward spiral and turning into another former teen celebrity going off the deep end. Nobody liked a cocky, violent Justin and his album sales proved it.
I guess you could say this was definitely a wake up call for the “Biebs.” This sparked something in him and brought him back down to reality.
With this in mind, he’s been on a road to redemption for a while now, and his latest album, “The Purpose,” definitely evokes emotions of regret, vulnerability, courage, passion and a positive outlook on new things to come.
I believe this album is his most personal project to date. He opens up about his childhood, his past relationships and losing himself and his purpose along the road.
He confessed in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, that at least three songs were written for ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez: “What Do You Mean,” “Sorry,” and “Mark My Words.”
His album took the lead over One Direction’s “Made in the A.M.” album on iTunes and Billboards Top 200 album chart.
It seems like “Beliebers” made a connection almost immediately with Beiber’s new album.
Some of the artists and producers featured on this album include: Big Sean, Ed Sheeran, and Diplo.
Strategically enough, Justin pulled a “Beyoncé” and dropped 13 dance videos, in addition to the 18-track list, which he calls “Purpose: The Movement.”
Overall, I loved this album not just because he is gorgeous, but because it’s a relatable album. He brings a great variety of slow jams and up tempo music, and versatility always works.
You can play his album while you’re at home bawling your eyes out during a breakup or on a night out with your friends.
Sir Robert Bryson Hall, better known as Logic, released his sophomore album “The Incredible True Story” on Nov. 13.
His latest album includes 18-tracks and features artists like Big Lendo on the track “Young Jesus,” which brings a ’90s feel to the album.
Unlike ordinary albums, Logic refers to his latest project as an “audio cinematic experience that takes place mainly in sonic form.”
“It’s set 100 years in the future, as the two narrators, Thomas and Kai, search for a planet named Paradise following Earth’s destruction. During their journey, the duo revisit the past through Logic’s music,” according to pitchfork.com
“Logic is a breath of fresh air to the hip hop scene,” according to iDigitalTimes.com, which I can definitely agree with.
It seems like all year long we’ve been listening to what seem like an iTunes album on repeat that only plays Drake, Future and Fetty Wap.
I’m not bashing these artists; I listen to all of them but they all have similar sounds.
While Logic came into to the scene as a great lyricist with a different sound.
He opens up about biracial stereotypes in the song “City of Stars” in which he says “I didn’t talk about my race on the first album/ But black versus white [BS] was still the outcome,” clearly fed up with the issue.
Although it might not necessarily be something I listen to on the regular, I can respect the fact that he is staying true to his delivery.
Style-wise, I do believe he has his own sound, but at times it may sound like he’s simulating other artists’ beats but then again who doesn’t?
He has so much potential musically, but i’m not sure he’s proved himself just yet.
I can’t say this album will be on repeat, for me, but i’m interested on what projects he’ll have in the future.