Fangirls, squad up — it’s time to get your wallets and weapons out. On Friday, November 13th of 2015, both Justin Bieber — the teen heartthrob turned delinquent — and One Direction — the once-quintet from England — each released their fifth albums, Purpose and Made In the A.M. respectively.
While each do not necessarily have anything to do with one the other — one album meant to be a re-emergence, while the other being an indefinite farewell — both artists have had a challenging lead-up to the release of their albums. But it is these struggles that allow them to grow and reach new artistic heights.
Each album starts off on a somber and reflective note — with Purpose starting with the self-assuring “Mark My Words.” The song, along with a multitude of others on the album, touches upon the 21-year-old’s highly publicized relationship with Selena Gomez. However, while the song is meant to allude to his romantic life, it doubles as somewhat of a “welcome back” to the Bieber the world once loved. After an infamous 2014, filled with arrests, controversies, public meltdowns and more, Bieber is firmly stating that he’s more than ready to give it his all.
On the other end of the spectrum, Made In the A.M. kicks off with the “Bittersweet Symphony”-esque “Hey Angel.” The song is an inspiring, heartwarming number that almost seems reflective based upon the troubles leading up to the album. Earlier in 2015, previous One Direction member Zayn Malik announced that he was leaving the band to focus on himself and his solo career, leaving fans devastated and questioning whether the band would be able to continue on without him.
We here at the Jet Fuel Review proudly present the latest (possibly greatest?) installment of our Jet Fuel Jukebox feature on this wonderful Tuesday afternoon. Jake and I have, of course, rummaged up another 20 songs for this week’s playlist.
This past week was notable in pop music as we saw the release of the new Justin Bieber and One Direction albums. Jake will be doing a fun, new feature reviewing and comparing both albums in a singular “Colors of Noise” post coming tomorrow, so be on the lookout for that as well!
This week’s playlist highlights are Justin Bieber and One Direction, but also includes songs from Smallpools, Death From Above 1979, Nicki Minaj, and many others.