Below, we've shared our thoughts.
Najib Benouar: Wow, this is a very good Carly Rae Jepsen song.
Kelly Larson: It sounds like every track ever played at those morning water aerobics classes at all-inclusive resorts in the Mayan Riviera.
Ilana Dadras: This song sounds like a Purpose B-Side—or maybe a song that was cut from Purpose when they realized every track on that album is better, and/or they had to draw the line at 18 tracks with the same message of, "I know I'm kind of a fuck boy, but I'm also still into this in one way or another, which causes me confusion." The refrain "Can we be friends?" is pretty quintessential Bieber, and in the chain of events might be placed between other memorable one-liners "Is it too late now to say I'm sorry?" and "You should go and love yourself."
That said, this feels like a classic Bieber song, in the sense that if you put it on and didn’t tell me it was new I’d probably think it had already existed. It taps into the same engineered vulnerability as “Sorry”--“Can we still be friends?”--and is almost as catchy, will likely become as catchy after another hundred or so inadvertent listens. The beat seems practically pre-remixed. I’m already dreading the point where I know all the words and find myself singing along in the car or, worse, a bar, dancing uncontrollably, simultaneously hating myself and loving life, which ironically seems like the default psychological stance for Bieber himself.
Hannah Kim: Classic Biebs song: catchy, will probably be played out on the likes of Z100 and 103.5, about Selena.
"Can we still be friends?" No, Justin. Move on. Take a page from Big Sean and come up with something like "I Don't Fuck With You." Now that's a classic.
Geoff Rynex: Sounds like a Justin Bieber song alright. Because it starts with a colloquial faux phone conversation where he asks the person on the other side of the line about her mother and her employment troubles, I found myself actually listening to the lyrics. It didn’t help. By the time, “wondering if you’ve got a body” spills from his mouth, I was drifting off in a rage about how many millions of dollars this collection of sounds is going to make him. All that said, I will definitely willingly dance to this more than once in the next three months.
Thompson Brandes: It's a fine song I guess. I'm just wondering why they opted not to use a shrill, processed vocal sample for the hook like every other pop song seems to be utilizing these—oh wait, ok... there it is. Ok, good.
Hadley Tomicki: It sucks. Those are my thoughts.