Justin Bieber is clearly going through a rough patch. After struggling through a “Bad Day” last week (and we’re just talking about his latest single, not the graffiti charge and the creepy sleeping photo), JB’s latest Music Mondays offering has him breaking bad again.
For the latest installment in the series, Justin has offered up “All Bad,” which might describe how he’s feeling at the moment, as he told Beliebers on Sunday that he’s laid low with food poisoning in Argentina at the moment.
But, no, the song is actually a meditation on Bieber’s player reputation, in which the 19-year-old singer tries to explain to the ladies that they should ignore what they’ve seen, read or heard about him because, well, he “ain’t all bad.”
The ballad, which rides on a spare, hypnotic drum beat and spooky piano flourishes, has JB on the defensive against haters who try to bring him down. “Instigators, like pouring fire on propane/The wrong thing, they be worried about/Oh, you know females/And how they like to run their mouths,” he sings in the opening verse.
Sounding wounded, Bieber whisper pleads in the chorus, “They try to get at me/Behind your back/ Tryin’ to tell me that I’m just like the others/But I ain’t all bad.” Sure, he might make you mad, so mad, but trust Justin, he ain’t all bad. Like the other five Music Mondays songs so far, the “All Bad” single comes with a simple graphic image on its cover, this one a sad face emoticon.
In one verse, he straight up admits, Yoda-like, that yes, “perfect, ain’t saying that I am,” and that’s it’s been proven that he “don’t give a damn.” And while that doesn’t really make him sound like the best boyfriend, Bieber assures you he’s got the goods by song’s end.
“Wanna be, wanna be everything I ought to be to you/Envy, envy, same thing as jealousy,” he sings. “Jealous of you/That’s what they do.”
They don’t call them Beliebers for nothing, because as bad as Justin gets, they’re there for him. “I love #AllBad so much,” wrote fan Kath. It’s perfect. Thank you for everything.” In fact, Maja said that, “All Bad” is her #1 Music Mondays offering yet. “Listening to #AllBad right now and it’s my favorite so far. Good job Justin.”
— kath | zayn please (@zaynchesters) November 11, 2013
— maja (@BieberAriLove) November 11, 2013