“Die In Your Arms” (Bieber)
Yes, that’s a throwback hip-hop break-beat underneath ‘70s bubblegum soul. “I’m going to make you believe, girl!” Bieber screams. We believe him.
“Last Night” (Timberlake)
Vintage Neptunes sound complete with a Fender Rhodes keyboard flirting with the chorus. “Are you happy girl? That you nearly broke my heart in a piece or two…” Timberlake’s falsetto is working with some urgent background vocals from Pharrell.
Better Justin: “Last Night” is good. But it’s standard Neptunes. Bieber edges out Timberlake by pulling off a nod-propelling song that simply makes you smile.