Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #483 / 764
User Score
Based on 294 ratings
2018 Ratings: #1027
May 25, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME

‘Shawn Mendes’ is a bright and bold new direction for the 19-year-old singer, as he leaves behind sickly choruses for brazen, guitar-ridden anthems; he sounds all the better for it.

80
The Independent

With his latest effort, the 19-year-old singer moves beyond stereotypical relationship woes and goes for something more personal.

80
Rolling Stone

Mendes' strength is in romance, and more than ever before, this teenager seems like he not only believes the words he is singing, but he's actually lived through the emotions behind them.

80
AllMusic

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.

60
The Guardian

His attempt to detoxify pop masculinity is admirable, but you’re left yearning for a bit of rough and tumble.

51
Pitchfork

Mendes deserves credit for recognizing the limits of youthful exuberance and proactively broadening his approach. But Shawn Mendes leaves a key question unanswered: What makes this guy different?

LepardRyan
40
Wow 2 Charlie Puth albums in one month???????

Edit: Don't even know why I bothered listening to this, so boring
35
It's another characteristic album by Shawn Mendes. The same sounds, the same letters with the same messages as always. There is nothing innovative in his career and it is more and more of the same.
dumbmoonlight
45
Listen to "Nervous". Track 2 in the normal album, track 7 in the deluxe version. Who would DARE release such song?
My problem with Shawn just gets bigger at this point, as his self-titled album shows exactly nothing new. I could actually get a random acapella and a random instrumental of two random songs made by him, and it would 100% fit, since it is always the SAAAAAAAME.
Everything just gets old after the second or third track, no matter the album version you are listening to.

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goncalocouto
50
He promised more than what he delivered. There's a lack of powerful moments in his songs. The use of falsettos is way too repetitive. It's ok in a song or two, but not in almost every song. Lyrically, is a good album, but when it comes to beats, it's like I'm listening to the same song, notching new and nothing surprising.

✅ In My Blood | Lost in Japan | Because I Had You | Youth
JoaoSantos
53
Shawn Mendes's self-titled is a slight but still not impressive improvement from the rest of his career. It tries to approach different song topics like anxiety and being young (while still keeping the cliché themes of being in love). The instrumentation, while still being really basic has improved and Shawn's vocals are also more mature. It's a tolerable project.
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Year End Lists

#4/TIME
#8/People
#23/Billboard

Track List

  1. In My Blood
  2. Nervous
  3. Lost in Japan
  4. Where Were You in the Morning?
  5. Like to Be You (feat. Julia Michaels)
  6. Fallin' All in You
  7. Particular Taste
  8. Why
  9. Because I Had You
  10. Queen
  11. Youth (feat. Khalid)
  12. Mutual
  13. Perfectly Wrong
  14. When You're Ready
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Added on: April 26, 2018