Slacker Logo

Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes 5/25/2018


Picking up the thread left dangling from 2016's Illuminate, Shawn Mendes decides to create an even more fashionable set of soulful pop on his eponymous 2018 album. Mendes remains a quivering adolescent presence -- he was still 19 years old when this album saw release -- but his self-titled record is assured and quietly confident in a way that suggests he has his adulthood on his mind. He doesn't abandon the soft-focus soul that turned "Stitches" into a breakthrough smash, but he deepens his groove and polishes his surfaces, all the while concentrating on crafting sturdy songs. Never mind that the album gets off to a shaky start with "In My Blood," an anonymous arena rock number that suggests he equates playing rock to the rafters with real music, a notion that's dispelled by the remainder of the record. He builds Shawn Mendes on lithe, tuneful R&B numbers, happy to have songs be as mellowly effervescent as "Queen" or as modern as the gently pulsating "Youth," which is graced by an appearance from Khalid. Mendes occupies a space between modern R&B and Ed Sheeran's earnest balladeering, but the key to his success -- both commercially and artistically -- is his light touch. There's a palpable sweetness to music that endures, even when a production is as bright and glistening as it is on Shawn Mendes. That bodes well for the future that Shawn Mendes is so evidently planning for. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Read More Read Less
  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 In My Blood Shawn Mendes 3:29
  3. 2 Nervous Shawn Mendes 2:42
  4. 3 Lost in Japan Shawn Mendes 3:18
  5. 4 Where Were You in the Morning? Shawn Mendes 3:19
  6. 5 Like to Be You Shawn Mendes 2:37
  7. 6 Fallin' All in You Shawn Mendes 3:54
  8. 7 Particular Taste Shawn Mendes 2:54
  9. 8 Why Shawn Mendes 3:56
  10. 9 Because I Had You Shawn Mendes 2:20
  11. 10 Queen Shawn Mendes 3:22
  12. 11 Youth Shawn Mendes 3:8
  13. 12 Mutual Shawn Mendes 2:26
  14. 13 Perfectly Wrong Shawn Mendes 3:28
  15. 14 When You're Ready Shawn Mendes 2:48

Loading Sliders...
  1. + -
  • CHAT
Some UserSample Msg



Casting to |