Track Review: Justin Bieber, 'Boyfriend'

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<p> <strong>JUSTIN BIEBER <br /> Boyfriend (2:52) <br /> Producers: Mike Posner, MdL <br /> Writers: Mike Posner, Justin Bieber, Mason Levy, Matthew Musto <br /> Publishers: North Greenway Productions|Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP)/Bieber Time Publishing|Universal Music (ASCAP)/Mason Levy Productions|WB Music Corp.|Warner Chappell Music Inc. (ASCAP)/Bear Trap Publishing||Songs of Universal Inc. (BMI) <br /> RBMG/Island Def Jam</strong> <br /> <strong> <br /> Rating: 82 out of 100</strong> <br /> <br /> <a href="/artist/justin-bieber/1099520">Justin Bieber</a> sounds all grown up on his first non-holiday single since 2011's "Never Say Never," delivering some low-register raps that make his pip-squeaked vocals on "Baby" seem like they were recorded a decade ago. Lyrically, however, he's still got some growing up to do. "Swag, swag, swag on you / Chillin ' by the fire while we eatin' fondue," he raps in the opening verse, prompting unwelcome thoughts about whether "swag" has suddenly become a verb. Elsewhere, he promises his prospective paramour, "I could be your Buzz Lightyear / fly across the globe" and "I'ma make you shine bright / Like you layin' in the snow - brrr!" Despite the handful of lame couplets aside, "Boyfriend" is at least sonically polished enough to belong on a radio playlist with the <a href="/artist/usher/36758">Usher</a> and <a href="/artist/justin-timberlake/341143">Justin Timberlake</a> songs that brought Bieber YouTube fame just three short years ago. In fact, the club-ready beat and guitar-plucked chorus recall Timberlake's most pivotal transition single, <a href="/artist/nsync/261075">N Sync</a>'s "Girlfriend," While "Boyfriend" exists almost exclusively to give 12-year-old girls heart palpitations at the mere thought of being Bieber's fondue partner, the song is a promising sign of what could be a prosperous adult career for the 18-year-old.</p><p> <object width="412" height="315"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/RoFXbt2tfbU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="412" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/RoFXbt2tfbU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" /></object></p><p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="/new-releases/songs"> <strong>Return To Reviews Main Page</strong></a> </p>