Track Review: Justin Bieber, 'Mistletoe'
Producers: The Messengers
Writers: Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger, Justin Bieber
Publishers: Sony/ATV Songs/Three Dimension (BMI), Messy Music (SOCAN) administered by Roberts & Hafitz pllc/Universal Music Corp., Bieber Time Publishing (ASCAP)
RBMG/Island Def Jam Music Group
Justin Bieber is back for the holidays with "Mistletoe," a soulful, acoustic R&B/reggae jam that serves as the first single off his forthcoming Christmas album, "Under The Mistletoe." Bieber's voice has certainly matured since his "Baby" days, sounding smooth and intimate as he celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with lines like "The wise men followed the star/ The way I follow my heart/ And it led me to a miracle." Meanwhile, the stripped-down sound allows the young superstar to showcase how much he and his voice have grown. Although the chorus sounds warm and fuzzy thanks to a pleasant melody and unfussy production from The Messengers, Bieber's breezy crooning and flat lyrics make "Mistletoe" come off like an uninspiring, Jason Mraz-esque holiday track. Bieber tries to inject his undeniable charisma into "Mistletoe," but he's still far from the classic Christmas pop of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You."