Does Justin Bieber’s ‘Journals’ Show Signs Of a New Mature Artist With More Soul?

It's a new year (2014 if you didn't know), and it is a time for growth and improvement. It seems the growing process started a little early for the superstar we have been watching grow up before our eyes named Justin Bieber with the release of Journals. You may shrug your shoulders when you hear his name because of all the negativity surrounding him as of late or because he is categorized as Pop, but artists are always trying to find themselves. We are not going to get into the fact that he has 40 million plus followers on Twitter, has been nominated for two Grammy awards, received one Brit award, two NRJ Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards and numerous fan voted accolades, which include seven American Music Awards, eleven Teen Choice Awards and seven MTV Europe Music Awards, or that Forbes named him the third-most powerful artists of 2012 … all of that doesn’t matter. All of that is the past. This Journals album is new, and he is taking chances. He attempts to try something new with songs such as "Heartbreaker," "All That Matters" and "Confident" featuring Chiraq's Chance The Rapper. Other tracks like "What’s Hatnin" featuring Future, "PYD" featuring R. Kelly, "Memphis" featuring Big Sean, and “Backpack” featuring Lil Wayne show his attempt to drift more into the urban arena.

Is he searching for a way to break the chains of the bubble gum pop world? Does he plan on transitioning to the blue-eyed soul cliché?

Who would have thought that Justin Timberlake would have been the artists that he is today coming from the Mickey Mouse Club and N Sync. A song like “Until The End Of Time” demonstrated how much soul he had. With Bieber's latest 10-track project, released via his Music Monday series, it seems he is emerging into his rightful artistic calling.

Standout single “All That Matters” exposes a glimpse of the soul we should watch out for from Justin Bieber. This joint is definitely in my nice and smooth playlist amongst artists such as Omarion, Jeremih or Sammy aka Leigh Bush.

Only time will tell where Bieber will take his art, but it is possible that we may enjoy his work in the future like we do other blue-eyed soul singers…Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke or Jon B.

Check out Justin Bieber's 'Journal' and let us know what you think.

If you haven’t heard “All That Matters,” check it out. This song may make you a Belieber (or not).