Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
New Sensation: SA’s Austin Mahone and teen pop superstardom

New Sensation: SA’s Austin Mahone and teen pop superstardom

Music: Like the bulk of Austin Mahone’s Instagram account, this one’s a selfie. In a white tank top, hair coifed up real big, Mahone arranges his facial... By Matt Stieb 7/22/2014
Op-Ed: Don’t deny Ivy Taylor’s chance to ‘evolve’

Op-Ed: Don’t deny Ivy Taylor’s chance to ‘evolve’

News: The San Antonio City Council may gain a major accomplishment in the city’s already progressive history in race relations. When Julian Castro announced his... By Frederick Williams 7/2/2014
Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly

Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly

Free Guide: It’s almost summer, which means that your government-subsidized free daycare (aka public school) goes on hiatus thanks to an archaic allegiance to a rural agriculture economic system that hasn’t been in play for decades. What to do with the wee ones whining 5/21/2014
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Aural Pleasure Review

Justin Bieber: 'Believe '

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Pop sensation Justin Bieber's sophomore album veers from hip-hop, dub-step, and dance club tracks and back to the more familiar terrain of pop and R&B. He also composed most of the words and music on an album that hosts a plethora of hip-hop and R&B artists and producers, yet the question remains — does it make for a better CD? Sometimes. "Beauty and a Beat," a dance club love letter to his girlfriend Selena Gomez, has a hyperventilating Nicki Minaj hitting on Bieber — dirty rhyming "Selener," "wiener," and "Bieber." My fave cut — his duet with fellow Canadian Drake on "Right Here," a soulful R&B ballad as smooth as Ashford and Simpson — excels with a wounded Craig David angst to his vocals. In "Maria" (available in the deluxe version), Bieber confronts a crazed fan that claimed he was her baby's daddy. He takes Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" as a template, at times sounding like Jackson or Justin Timberlake, but ultimately himself. It's the most believable cut on the CD. Believe is Bieber's search for his voice and place in pop music today. Yet the bigger question remains, can he do it without the help of his famous friends? It nevertheless is a solid step in the right direction.

★★★ ½ (out of 5 stars)

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