You can tell that Justin Timberlake was an inspiration for Shawn Mendes’s new self-titled album which released on May 25, 2018 via Island Records. I love me some JT and I love Shawn Mendes, which means this entire album, I mean seriously THE ENTIRE album is amazing. Pretty sure it’ll be on repeat for awhile.
If you haven’t given it a listen please do. Ed Sheeran co-wrote one of the songs, “Fallin’ All in You.” The track “Like To Be You,” features the amazing Julia Michaels! The song “Lost in Japan” begins with gorgeous piano, reminds me of something you’d hear at a swaggy restaurant back in the 40s, but it quickly turns into a pop track, with a soul vibe. While I sincerely love every song on this album, one of my instant favorites is the one co-written by Ed Sheeran. There’s a track which has a very Prince-esque vibe and it’s great, too. It’s called “Particular Taste.” Mmmm and the song “Why” reminds me of Stevie Nicks’ song “Landslide.” You’ll have to let me know what you think.
Oh who are we kidding, is it not super obvious that I simply cannot pick on track to love!?
The awesome thing about Mendes is that he learned how to play guitar by watching videos online. Then he gained a following in 2013 by uploading himself singing on Vine. He truly has made his career what it is and it all started by uploading videos to a free mobile app after learning how to play guitar online. Can we just let that sick in for a moment?
Fast forward to 2018, Mendes is now included on Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. AND when the Queen of England turned 92-years-old he performed at her birthday party, seriously come on, how amazing is that? Plus he’s 19, yes that’s right, 19-years-old, three albums under his belt and millions of fans.
Be yours, be my dear /
So close with you on my lips /
Touch noses, feeling your breath /
Push your heart and pull away, yeah /
Be my summer in a winter day love /
I can’t see one thing wrong