Get ready: Shawn Mendes’ long-awaited new album, Wonder, has arrived.
The 14-track record showcases the Canadian pop star at his most vulnerable yet, sprinkling rousing synths and twinkling piano melodies atop the punchy pop hooks he’s known for. It begins with the delicate “Intro,” released as part of a teaser for the album, which rises to a buzzing synth climax before giving way abruptly to the title track “Wonder.”
Mendes returns to his more traditional pop sound for songs like “Higher,” but shows a more adventurous side on the subdued “Song for No One” and previously released collaboration with Justin Bieber, “Monster,” about the struggles associated with fame and stardom. Finally, the album trails off with a quiet acoustic ballad, “Can’t Imagine.”
“I know I really feel like I created an album that feels like freedom,” Mendes told Entertainment Tonight regarding the album. “I felt very free just making it. I felt like this is music that I love to listen to, this is music I want to hear, this is music I want to make and it’s gorgeous for that reason.”
Wonder is a follow-up to his 2018 self-titled album and comes hot on the heels of his biographical Netflix documentary, Shawn Mendes: In Wonder, released back in November to promote the record.
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