For those who don’t know, I am someone who truly defines themselves through music. A musician myself, it is something that has gotten me through both good and bad times. I’ve been wanting to start a series reviewing new music for quite a bit, so why not start with Shawn Mendes’ latest releases?
Shawn Mendes gave fans (and non-fans) two new singles this week. Earlier in the week, he teased followers on social media with the dates March 22 and 23 in a silent video. Of course, fans immediately got excited this meant new music from his upcoming album.
Luckily for fans, they were granted some new tunes. Mendes released his first single, “In My Blood,” on Thursday at midnight. He took to Instagram to say a few words before it dropped.
First Impression: “In My Blood”
I’ll admit that at first, I was not a huge fan of this song. I believe Shawn Mendes is an extremely talented musician (especially at only 19), but my first impression was that this song was intense.
In an interview, he explained that he was going for raw, real lyrics and a Kings of Leon inspired sound. Musically, it definitely fits the Kings of Leon vibe he was going for. Lyrically, he also accomplished what he was aiming for. However, I did feel as though this song was a bit of a downer.
While I certainly commend Mendes for highlighting anxiety, something that is so rarely talked about, this simply isn’t my favorite song of his. I’m not saying it’s not good or powerful, because it’s both of those, but there are other songs of his that I personally enjoy much more. Of course, after listening to it a few times since first hearing it, it has definitely grown on me.
First Impression: “Lost In Japan”
I may be biased because John Mayer made a point to comment on this song (totally kidding. Maybe), but this is definitely one of my favorite songs of his (ever). I love how Mendes strayed away from his typical sound and went for a more soulful R&B-inspired song starting with clean piano and a grooving bass line quickly dropping in.
Simply put, this song has driving-with-the-windows-down-in-summer written all over it. It’s the definition of a feel-good song. Resembling many of Mayer’s songs off his most recent album (think “Still Feel Like Your Man” and “Moving On and Getting Over”), it’s no wonder he was so quick to comment on it. Needless to say, this one has been added to my playlist and is sure to be on repeat for days.
Of course, Shawn Mendes has been receiving some well-deserved positive feedback. I’ll be sure to be keeping tabs on him for more music to come. Have you heard his new songs? What do you think?