The Bottom Line
The whole thing may be a bit saccharine for some listeners, but there is good reason why Justin Bieber is stirring up a frenzy among tweens and their parents. Pop music doesn't get any better for 12 year olds. This is the best vehicle yet for Justin Bieber's sweet soulful voice, and its chart achievements should ultimately reflect that fact.
- Showcase on Justin Bieber's soulful teen vocals
- Classic lyrics of young love
- Chorus that glides effortlessly into your head
- Ludacris' charm-filled rap
- Might be just a bit too sweet for some
- Written by Justin Bieber, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Christopher Bridges, and Christina Milian
- Produced by Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, and Christina Milian
- Released January 2010 by Island Records
Guide Review - Justin Bieber - "Baby" featuring Ludacris
On "Baby," Justin Bieber sings as well as a young Michael Jacksona, the lyrics are pitched perfectly in reference to young love, and Ludacris demonstrates raps in a pop hit can be charming and safe for young children to hear. Add in tasteful strings, and this a pop confection that is first rate.
Significant credit here needs to go to the team of Tricky Stewart and The-Dream who connect here with Christina Milian to write and produce a single that is light but still substantial enough to keep you humming the tune all week. Stewart and The-Dream also worked on Justin Bieber's breakthrough single "One Time," but there is a confident, mature, and effortless sound here that goes well beyond that single.
With the team's stellar record of hits for others, "Baby" must be considered to have a chance to become Justin Bieber's first #1 pop smash. "Baby" is a model for what pre-teen pop can be. It will instantly excite many young fans, and then it is likely to make parents smile when they hear it, too, and understand why Justin Bieber makes an outstanding musical role model for their children.