Shawn Mendes releases his personal and raw self-titled third album

Shawn Mendes, please have ‘Mercy’ on our souls.

Not to be outdone by his BFF Charlie Puth with the release of his album “Voicenotes,” Shawn Mendes released his much anticipated self-titled third album. It’s been two years since Shawn released his studio album “Illuminate.” It’s been a long two years since that release.

Single Reviews: “In My Blood“| “Lost in Japan“| “Youth“| “Where Were You in The Morning?“| “Nervous“|

Shawn’s self-titled album is a much personal album than what we have gotten in the past from him. You can tell in his vocal and how it was written that it has a deeper meaning for him than what we got in his last two albums, “Handwritten” and “Illuminate.” There’s still the style that Shawn has been singing on this album, but there’s a new and refreshing take on it. The realness on the album is what makes it so good. Sure, it’s extremely well produced but you can’t produce raw emotion in a studio. 

“Shawn Mendes” offers a different direction musically. There’s definitely more of a rock feel on some of the songs. There’s also some R&B on the album that shows off Shawn’s vocals way better than what has been presented before.  Shawn slayed the falsetto on “Nervous.” The album was inspired by John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Kings of Leon, and Bruno Mars.

There are actually parts that sound like he also inspired by Selena Gomez’s song “Bad Liar.” With that song, Selena reinvented her sound like Shawn did with this album. “Nervous” and “Particular Taste” is just waiting for someone to mashup them up with “Bad Liar.” If you have the ability to do this, please do because I need a Shawn and Selena duet in my life. I need it as much as a Charlie and Shawn duet. 

The Verdict

“Shawn Mendes” does kickstart the mature stage of Shawn’s career as he heads into his twenties. It features more realness that wasn’t really present during his last two albums. Most of the songs on the albums are absolute hits. The only ones that I would avoid are “Like to Be You” and “Why.” They aren’t bad songs but they just miss the mark in comparison with the rest of the album. The standouts are “Particular Taste,” “Queen,” “Mutual,” and “Perfectly Wrong.” “Perfectly Wrong” is a deep cut.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Shawn Mendes meets a nice girl and gets ‘Nervous’ in newest song

Who doesn’t love a timid Shawn Mendes?

After being left alone in the morning in his last single “Where Were You in The Morning?,” Shawn Mendes releases another bop that has us wondering just who is he sing about. The newest song just comes days before the releases of his self-titled third album.

You’re welcome for this

“Nervous” is a Prince-inspired pop/R&B song that isn’t really anything that we have heard from Shawn so far. I know, I say that a lot but this time it’s true. We’ve never had a truly Pop bop from Shawn, who is known for having an acoustic guitar in his hands. It also sounds like a song that you would have heard from his friend Charlie Puth’s latest album “Voicenotes.” Either way, It’s a welcomed change of pace from Shawn.

The vocals on the song are extremely well-done. Shawn’s emotions are captured perfectly, including the falsettos. The falsetto is used so well in this song. They are used to help tell the listener how nervous he truly is. I’m all here for nervous Shawn Mendes. I’m here for any Shawn Mendes honestly.

My only complaint is that I wish that “Nervous” was a tad bit longer. It clocks in at 2:44. I want more of it. I also want a mashup of this and Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar.” The songs sound too similar for it not to be in a mashup together. It’s almost like they are sister songs. I would also like this song mashed up with a Charlie Puth song but I think that might be a little harder to do. But I’m still all here for Muth.

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Demi Lovato and Christina Aguilera fight patriarchy in ‘Fall in Line’ video

Demi and Christina aren’t putting up with shit anymore.

After performing the song at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato have blessed us with the video for their collaboration “Fall in Line.” The song was originally released last week to overwhelming reviews, mainly for Demi’s high note that will cause you to freak out.

Off of Christina’s upcoming album “Liberation,” “Fall In Line” is an anthem for female empowerment. The video for the song also portrays that. It features both Christina and Demi being captured and forced to perform in front of cameras for mask men. Towards the end of the video, both of them are able to sneak out and be free from the oppression.

The video feels like “Confident 2.0.” In case you forgot, here my review of Demi’s video, Demi was a secret agent hired by a man to take down another female agent. Both eventually turned on him and took their benefactor out. This video had a similar feel to it. Especially towards the end when both Christina and Demi were being extremely sneaky to leave the compound. This video is also a reminder that you shouldn’t mess with Demi. It’s easy to forget that she likes Mixed Martial Arts and that she could even make Nick Jonas cry for his mommy. You’re welcome for that imagery.

It looks me a long time to like “Fall in Line.” It’s definitely better than “Accelerate.” Of course, anything is better than that. I still have nightmare from it. “Fall in Line” is certifiable bop. The video tells a story but could have been better. But it does make the song better than without it.

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Shawn Mendes release new single that asks ‘Where Were You In The Morning?’

Shawn Mendes wanted to know someone’s whereabouts

With a week left until the release of his next album, Shawn Mendes gave the world another song after/during his “One Night Only” performance on Apple Music. HIs newest single just continues to hype up the need and want for Shawn’s new album in the world.

“Where Were You In The Morning?” is a rock-pop bop that sees Shawn continue to channel John Mayer into his music. I’m not complaining one bit about that either. The song is slower than “In My Blood” but still manages to kick some ass with the over vibe of the song. It will soothe your soul.

The song is about a one night stand. That is right, Shawn Mendes is talking about a one night stand. It’s not the kind of one-night stand that you are thinking of. You see, Shawn met this girl and thought they had a connection. But instead, she left him alone in bed in the morning, which is a crime. She didn’t leave a number nor give any reason why she abandoned him. Again, leaving Shawn all by himself in the morning should be a crime.

The production of the song fits the mood of that Shawn is trying to convey. You can tell that he was upset by this and the song reflects that. “Where Were You In The Morning?” is a great song that really shows up the direction of Shawn’s newest album as well as his growth in his music. Sidenote: Please let me know who left you in the morning, Shawn. They need to go to jail.

Shawn Mendes’ self-titled third album is out May 25th.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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