You Don’t Want to Be “Under The Mistletoe”
The Bieber Fever epidemic strikes again, just in time to warm the coming winter chills. Justin Bieber, still basking in the success of his â€śMy Worldâ€ť albums, released his first Christmas record â€śUnder the Mistletoeâ€ť on Nov. 1. Collaborating with several other famous artists such as Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, and The Band Perry, â€śUnder the Mistletoeâ€ť puts a Bieber-style twist on classic Christmas carols, while adding a new dose of Christmas spirit with several original songs.
Bieber started the Season of Cheer early this year by releasing his first Christmas single, â€śMistletoe,â€ť on Oct. 17. This song, though about two months premature, is extremely melodious and has very Jason Mraz-inspired vocals and instrumentals. Of course, the lyrics are preteen quality (â€śI should be playinâ€™ in the winter snow/But Imma be under the mistletoe with youâ€ť), telling of Christmas-time love he has little real experience with.
Shockingly, â€śUnder the Mistletoeâ€ť features a new sound for Justin Bieber: a deeper voice. After two full albums of prepubescent vocals, Bieberâ€™s voice has finally hit a more mature resonance, allowing a wider audience to take his songs a little more seriously. But with the loss of his high, squeaky voice came the loss of the signature J.Biebs innocence which used to fit so nicely with his â€ślittle boyâ€ť image.
Other, more traditional tracks on the new Christmas album include â€śSilent Night,â€ť â€śSanta Clause is Coming to Town,â€ť and â€śLittle Drummer Boy,â€ť to name a few. Bieberâ€™s own personal style and flavor come through on these well-known tunes with his unique vocal inflections and his weak and gratuitous attempts at rapping during the bridge of almost every song.
Although â€śUnder the Mistletoeâ€ť doesnâ€™t supply anything incredibly new or exciting in terms of Bieberâ€™s style, dedicated Beliebers still pre-ordered the album and emptied shelves on release day. With a perfect combination of clichĂ© love songs and cheesy Christmas themes, â€śUnder the Mistletoeâ€ť will surely please any fan of The Biebs, tiding them over until the release of his next album, â€śBelieveâ€ť in early 2012.