Justin Bieber's last proper album, 2012's Believe, included its fair share of dance tracks, from the international pseudo-rave "All Around The World" to the Zedd-produced EDM banger "Beauty and a Beat" to the overly busy jam "Take You." None of the songs on the album contained the emotional nakedness of "Where Are U Now," Bieber's collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo for their Jack U project, quietly released last winter before slowly growing into a radio smash. "Where Are U Now" boasted nifty production gymnastics (as we recently found out, that flute noise is actually a pitched vocal!) and a memorably knotty drop, but the song's highlight is clearly Bieber's vulnerability, the way his question "Where are you now that I need you?" is actually a plea and the statement "When you broke down I didn't leave you" is a desperate cry for understanding. Bieber had danceable songs prior to "Where Are U Now," but they had never sounded nearly as personal.
Justin Bieber Finds The Answer on 'What Do You Mean?': Track Review