On New Albums, Justin Bieber and One Direction Are Joyless Boys

November 12, 2015 8:49 AM

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On New Albums, Justin Bieber and One Direction Are Joyless Boys

You have not truly heard the trauma that a lifetime in the spotlight can cause until you hear Justin Bieber sing, “What about the children? / Look at all the children we can change.”

That simplistic plea comes near the end of the 21-year-old singer’s new album, “Purpose,” on a song called “Children.” Over an ecstatic dance beat full of jagged synthesizers, Mr. Bieber looks out at the world’s grand problems and wonders what he can do, as Michael Jackson might have, or a typical t...

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