"Die in Your Arms"

Released just days after he allegedly up and decked a pesky paparazzi, the second single from Justin Bieber's forthcoming Believe follows the self-described "swag" of "Boyfriend" with a more subtle moonwalk down the fault line between teddy bear and Timberlake. Over bubblegum-sweet hip-hop bounce, neosoul piano flourish and a flower-bearing snatch of organ, Bieber tries on a Young Michael plea as he begs, "Teach me to behave" and "Promise you won't keep me waiting," with butterfly grace. It's the sound of Bieber rounding third base, custom-made to get played in Mom's minivan on the way to Little League practice.

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From The Archives Issue 1159: June 21, 2012
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