Justin Bieber’s “Heartbreaker” is QUITE the Usher-esque slow jam.
We always knew Justin Bieber and Usher were supertight. (You gotta be mad close to chat about farts, amirite?) What we did not know, however, was that Usher’s tendency to, erhmm, seductively slow jam would have such a profound effect on The Biebs!
I mean, it’s not to say that Justin didn’t have any soft, slow, love-tinged ballads on his previous disc, Believe (see: the sweet and #emo “Catching Feelings”). But Justin’s first Music Mondays release, the epic slow jam “Heartbreaker,” seemingly heralds the beginning of a new era. An era featuring a more mature Bieber ballad — a ballad that is, how shall we say, sure to increase Justin’s panty-dropping potential by at least 75 percent. “Climax“-lite, if you will.
Listen to Justin Bieber’s “Heartbreaker” after the jump.
Anchored by a percussive guitar lick and ethereal, layered harmonies, “Heartbreaker” is Justin’s ode to the one that got away. (We’re thinking this one’s for you, Selena.) “You say that you don’t wanna talk/ But it’s cool/ I’ve been thinking about you all day long/ Hoping you pick up your phone.”
And the pièce de résistance? Justin’s Michael McCary-from-Boyz II Men SPOKEN-WORD MINI BRIDGE, where Justin, in his manliest timbre, calmly explains: “And I hope you understand/ Despite all the imperfections of who I am/ I still wanna be your man.”
Dare we say that “Heartbreaker” could be Justin’s first attempt at producing some authentic baby makin’ music? But, to clarify, we did not just insinuate that Justin Bieber is in any way looking to become a father any time soon. We just think this jam might mint a whole new batch of fathers in, say, about nine months.
+ Listen to Justin Bieber’s “Heartbreaker.”
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