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Justin Bieber's Changes is a boring serenade for an audience of one

It's obvious on first listen why Justin Bieber’s fifth album is arriving on February 14. From the red sleeve to the heart-eyed lyrics throughout, if these 16 songs were any more loved-up they would form part of the M&S Valentine’s Day Dine In meal dea

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It's obvious on first listen why Justin Bieber’s fifth album is arriving on February 14. From the red sleeve to the heart-eyed lyrics throughout, if these 16 songs were any more loved-up they would form part of the M&S Valentine’s Day Dine In meal deal.

Bieber, 25, married model Hailey Baldwin in 2018. He needs her all around him, wouldn’t wanna be in any other place, etc. “When I create, you’re my muse,” he sings on the blippy single Intentions — Erato, at a guess, though with all those lyrics to write he can struggle with metaphors. Baldwin is compared to a business product (“Heart full of equity, you’re an asset”), a phone (“Imma be the one to charge you up”), a wreckless driver (“Keep running me over with your loving”), a horse (“Ain’t in no stable”) and high-street pharmacist Boots (“Like a chemist how you’re finishing my sentences”).

In fact, so single-minded is his approach this time that it feels like she’s his only intended audience. The arena crowds on his summer tour of North America are going to be underwhelmed by the unchanging, lounging pace of the new material, gently ticking beats and lack of memorable choruses. The production, mostly from Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, is smooth, pretty and tasteful. The weighty bass and cut-up voices of Take It Out On Me are intriguing, but otherwise he rarely does much to leap out from behind Bieber’s crooning.

A handful of acoustic tracks near the end seal the deal: happily married Bieber is boring.

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Justin and Hailey Bieber kissing in Hyde Park in 2018

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Justin and Hailey Bieber's Second Wedding

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Justin and Hailey Bieber at the London Eye in 2018

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Justin and Hailey Bieber watch Game Seven of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Justin and Hailey Bieber attend the John Elliott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber holding hands out and about in Los Angeles

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Rhode Bieber strolling at The Grove in West Hollywood

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin head back to their car late afternoon hike in the Hollywood Hills

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber out and about in Los Angeles

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen in St James Park , London

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin while waiting ride on the London Eye

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin while waiting ride on the London Eye

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin heading into a restaurant in Los Angeles, CA

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Hailey Baldwin

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin out for lunch in New York City

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin out in New York City

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin out in New York City.

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Justin and Hailey Bieber kissing in Hyde Park in 2018

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Justin and Hailey Bieber's Second Wedding

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Justin and Hailey Bieber

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Justin and Hailey Bieber

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Justin and Hailey Bieber's Second Wedding

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Justin and Hailey Bieber at the London Eye in 2018

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Justin and Hailey Bieber watch Game Seven of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Justin and Hailey Bieber attend the John Elliott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber holding hands out and about in Los Angeles

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Rhode Bieber strolling at The Grove in West Hollywood

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin head back to their car late afternoon hike in the Hollywood Hills

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber out and about in Los Angeles

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen in St James Park , London

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen in St James Park , London

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin while waiting ride on the London Eye

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin while waiting ride on the London Eye

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin heading into a restaurant in Los Angeles, CA

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Hailey Baldwin

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin spotted out and about in at West Hollywood, CA

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin out for lunch in New York City

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin out in New York City

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