Bieber kills Christmas
December 20, 2011 • Sara Pardej, Entertainment Writer
Filed under Entertainment
Deck the halls with boughs of shawty- wait, shawty? When did shawty become a part of Christmas songs?
Justin Bieber, pop sensation, recently released a new album, Under the Mistletoe, which proved classic Christmas songs are classics for a reason; they are not meant to be remixed or redone.
“I think [the album] is horrible, plain and simple. It ruined classics and they should never be messed with,” Jenny Steinberg, freshman, said.
Classic Christmas songs, like what one would hear on 93.9 FM, are usually soft, sweet, and easy to listen to. Bieber took that fundamental principle and tore it to shreds. By adding rap to Christmas songs, Bieber not only gave Christmas songs a harsh feel, but also made them awkward to sing along with.
“I don’t think there should be rap in Christmas music. Rapping is just un-holyish. Rapping and Christmas just don’t mix well together, it sounds bad,” Steinberg said.
Bieber took classics such as “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and “The Christmas Song” and added his own twist to them.
“He ruined songs like ‘All I Want For Christmas’ because Mariah Carey has the Christmas style, but he added his style, which took away from the Christmas feel,” Maria Anagnostopoulos, freshman, said.
Bieber’s poor collaboration choices only made the album worse. When one thinks of Christmas and a winter wonderland, Busta Rhymes and Usher are not what should come to mind.
Even though this album should not make it to Santa’s sleigh, My World 2.0, Bieber’s first album, was much more childish than Under the Mistletoe, showing Bieber has begun to act like a seventeen year old, rather than staying thirteen forever.
Most of the songs in Under the Mistletoe are remakes, but Bieber did include some original songs.
“I only like ‘Mistletoe’ because he made it himself, so I didn’t have any expectations. He didn’t steal it from someone else,” Anagnostopoulos said.
So to wrap this up, the originals are usually, if not always, better than the remakes. Keep Under the Mistletoe away from under your Christmas tree.