“Where Are U Now” by Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber

Given the artist byline, which features the premiere maker of bad Dubstep side-by-side with the most notorious teenybopper singer of the current decade, you’d expect this song to be outright horrible. I was immensely surprised myself when I realized that it’s actually fairly decent. Granted, like most of Bieber’s stuff in 2015, the lyrics have something of a petty edge, but the production resembles distinguished producer Diplo’s previous work far more than it does Skrillex’s, and Bieber is probably better suited to EDM than any other genre, since they have a ready-made excuse to heavily process his vocals and obscure the terrible singing voice that has always been his biggest liability. This was, in fact, the point where Bieber went from ‘the worst Pop star in the known universe’ to ‘kinda-sorta-maybe-okay-ish-if-you-squint-at-him-a-little-bit’…which for him, was actually pretty significant progess.

Verdict: Surprisingly decent, especially given who it’s coming from.

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